Transracialists Seek Recognition and Acceptance: An Interview with Howard Copeland, Harlem chapter TLPC President

17 Jun

Diversity Chronicle


Transracialists Seek Recognition and Acceptance: An Interview with Howard Copeland, Harlem chapter TLPC President

April 21, 2013
Special Report by Thomas Jackson

“I’ve always known I was a young black woman and a lesbian trapped in the body of a middle aged white man” Howard Copeland explained while adjusting the large flower in her hair. Dressed in traditional African garb and practicing the ancient religion of the Yoruba people Howard is more African then many African Americans yet she still struggles to gain recognition in the African American community. She moved to Harem five years ago in order to be closer to her church the First African Yoruba Church on East 42nd street.

You may never have heard of transracialism, but it is a movement comprised of sincere and dedicated people who only seek to be recognized for who they believe they truly are and not by their outward physical…

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One Response to “Transracialists Seek Recognition and Acceptance: An Interview with Howard Copeland, Harlem chapter TLPC President”

  1. No Virgin Mary 2015/06/17 at 7:07 pm #

    At some point in my younger years (though the specifics are clouded, as usual, by my C-PTSD), I remember wondering how the world could ever get to a place where humanity just got along, when nobody was willing to step outside their own experience-influenced spheres of judgement.

    I still wonder this.

    Will we ever reach a point where people, as a whole, understand that other people have their own cosmos going on inside them? That every single person is inherently different, even though we might come in the same wrapper as them? What’s inside us is built of a series of experiences that could never be replicated again, in another person. Ever.

    It’s such a lonely thought, that nobody will ever truly be able to understand and identify with you, because they aren’t you… but doesn’t it also prove that judgement of others is the most ignorant act a human can perpetrate? How can you judge what you don’t even know?

    We all have our own paths, our own histories, and our own secrets that are locked away, even from us, which converge to create the person we are. And we should all have the freedom to BE who we are, without having to explain ourselves, or fear judgement or persecution.

    … if my daughter learns a single thing from me, I want it to be this: that all people are equal. She is not entitled to more, or less, than any other person, and the way she and other people live their lives, is nobody’s business but their own. Nobody owes anybody a single explanation, but it would be lovely if, instead of giving explanations, everyone could share experiences, and learn once and for all, what being part of a human community is all about.


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