Supporting LGBTQ Youth and Trans Women of Color in Detroit: A Conversation with Lilianna Reyes

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Happy Pride!

Episode 11 of #DontMentionIt - My conversation with Lilianna Reyes, Second Stories Director at the Ruth Ellis Center & Co-Executive Director of the Trans Sistas of Color Project. We talk about the Ruth Ellis Center, life for trans women of color, and about the role racism and privilege play in access to resources for people of color in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Content Note: This episode contains discussion of difficult subject matter including violence against trans women of color and survival sex work.

All opinions expressed by the me in this podcast are my own, and do not represent the views of anyone else, or any employer, company, or entity.

Show Notes


Ruth Ellis Center Website:

Second Stories Drop-In Center at Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis Center 2018 Report

Ruth Ellis Center on Twitter: @REC_Detroit

Instagram @ruthelliscenter

FB at

Trans Sistas of Color Project - Detroit

Trans Sistas of Color Project Detroit Twitter @tsocproject

Instagram @tsocproject

To Donate

Monetary Donations (Please remember that if you want your donation to go to Trans Sistas of Color Project, to indicate that in the notes field):

Clothing & Other Items:

Articles, Pastor charged with murder of black trans woman near notorious Detroit park

Human Rights Campaign, Violence Against the Transgender Community in 2019

Human Rights Campaign Report, Dismantling A Culture Of Violence

Human Rights Campaign, New Report on Youth Homeless Affirms that LGBTQ Youth Disproportionately Experience Homelessness

Inside Monica Roberts’ Mission to Identify Transgender Murder Victims

President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

Killings of transgender people in the US saw another high year


Stonewall Forever - A Living Monument to 50 Years Of Pride

New York City Monument Will Honor Transgender Activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera

Organizations & Podcasts

Trans Doe Task Force

The Fall Line


Stonewall Uprising, THE YEAR THAT CHANGED AMERICA - American Experience, PBS

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson - Release date: October 6, 2017 (USA), Director, David France

How To Survive A Plague - Independent Lens - Release Date:September 21, 2012

Paris is Burning - Release Date: August 1991 (USA), Director, Jennie Livingston

Additional Music Credits

In Suspense”, from is licensed under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication License. Edited for length for episode.