By Jared Smith
Along with some of the popular lockdown lingo like “new normal,” “PPE” and “re-opening phases,” the term “pivot” has certainly made the pandemic era list of words we never want to hear again. Yet some may argue that it is the most prevalent and concise way to describe how we are trying to navigate through such an unprecedented time.
This year’s Pride Month in NYC was no exception to the pivoting effect. While annual pride parades and celebratory events were postponed due to COVID-19, this did not stop LGBTQIA+ community, allies and frontline protestors from reconfirming that LGBTQIA+ rights and lives still matter.
In an effort to call attention to the increasing rate of annual Black Trans murders in America, The Okra Project — a social collective whose mission is to “address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them” — made a tremendous impact at recent NYC protest rallies for the Black Trans community.
Make sure to check out this article in Time Out Magazine to see how the Okra Project was able to accomplish a major feat in their mission with the the help of 15,000 NYC protest allies.