Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson

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1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism.

I am many things—a minister, a communications specialist, a lover of wisdom, an uncle, a follower of Jesus, a brother, a friend, a writer, an advocate, transgender, an activist. I am blessed to work in many settings and to travel in many circles. I gladly spend the waking moments of my life trying to generate as much love, light, and peace as possible.

 

2. Many things shape who we are. What is one person or event or experience that has empowered you?

I am grateful for all the experiences of my life—even the not so good ones—because they all have shaped who I am today. The one person who I credit with changing the trajectory of my life is my grandmother. No one is perfect, and no one belongs on a pedestal—she and I certainly had our contentious moments. But she saved my life and for that, I will forever be grateful for the role she played in shaping me. She took me in when I was 9 and had nowhere else to go, she taught me about life, she taught me about business, she taught me about spirituality, she showed me the importance of communication, she showed me that I had as many options as I had ideas. She was a true saint and I would not be who or where I am today without her.

 

3. What is a piece of Black Trans History that you want to make sure others know about and don’t forget? (person, event, cultural development, trend, ___?)

There are many Black Trans people who paved the way for us all to exist today. And I want to lift up specifically, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. She didn’t set out to change the world for us queer and Trans Black folks living in the underground and underbelly of society, she just did. She just lived her life and stood up for our humanity and here we are today. Miss Major was at Stonewall, she’s worked the streets, she was even incarcerated. Her and I even have the same birthday which I think is so great! Black Trans people have a long ways to go because our demographic is still the largest in poverty, the most under resourced, and the ones being murdered at high rates, so yes, we have a long ways to go. We have come far too, and it’s because of elders like Miss Major.

 

How to connect and learn more about Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson:

Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson

City/State: Lakeville, MN

Web: LTRichardson.com

Twitter: @Larry2_0

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