Posted May 25th, 2021 in Uncategorized.

We as LGBTQIA+ people have always known that the fight for liberation is not an easy one. During the Stonewall Riots in 1969—the queer liberation movement that led to the creation of Pride and paved the way for all of us to be safe—gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people alike came together to fight back against the constant brutality, harassment, violence, and extreme oppression being faced by poor Black and Brown queer and trans folk in very unapologetic ways. Marc Stein, historian and author of “The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History,” explains that the Stonewall uprising was motivated by and modeled after the fight for civil rights showing us that Black liberation and LGBTQIA+ liberation will always and forever be intertwined. 


Here in Wilmington, three queer anti-racist organizers have been criminally charged for the work they’ve done to support the Black Lives Matter movement to resist and disempower white supremacy. Marsha P. Johnson taught us that there cannot be a Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us, and we cannot sit idly by and go about business as usual when some of the most marginalized members of our community are at extreme risk of state sanctioned violence for standing up for ALL of us rather than the wealthiest or the whitest of us.


The Frank Harr Foundation stands with Nicole “Lily” Nelson, Tim Joyner, Joshua Zeiseniss as they fight these unjust charges filed against them by the state. We are also calling on other LGBTQIA+ community members to denounce these charges and recognize the harm that they will cause to both the queer community as well as the inherent damage it does to all marginalized communities in Wilmington.


White supremacy has no place in the gay liberation movement. White fragility only hinders the promise of racial equity amongst Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ community members. We all need each other, and it is our responsibility to come together when the most vulnerable of our people are being targeted. 


We encourage everyone who is reading this to call and e-mail District Attorney Ben David and demand that he drop the charges against Nicole “Lily” Nelson, Tim Joyner, Joshua Zeiseniss. He can be reached at (910) 772-6610 and Benjamin.R.David@nccourts.org. We also encourage folks to send funds for legal fees and court fees to $DropTheChargesILM.