Black Transgender Activist Is the Newest Face of Calvin Klein

Pride month may be coming to a close, but many companies are still trying to cash in on it. However, that can be a good thing in many cases.

Calvin Klein has made history by putting its first black transgender model on a billboard. Meet LGBTQ+ rights activist, Jari Jones. Her joy can be seen from the Facebook video of her and her friends reacting to seeing the billboard in New York City. She is seen squealing and celebrating.

She wrote on Instagram on June 23:

“It has been such an honor and pleasure to sit in my most authentic self and present imagery of a body that far to often has been demonized, harassed, made to feel ugly and unworthy and even killed.”

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In a world where you allow yourself to not see color , even then ,my skin will be black , darker in grayscale , deeper in hue . . In a world where rainbows and sparkles fill your month of celebration , mine will be technicolor mayhem , glistening puddles of black blood . . In a world where you march for your unions, I March to hold the union between my life and my body . . . In a world where you inhale freely …… . . I CANT BREATHE! . . . Pride has always felt different for ME , FOR BLACK TRANS WOMEN , FOR BLACK QUEER FOLKS !! FOR BLACK NON BINARY FOLKS!! FOR BLACK LGBTQ FOLKS!! . . It has always felt different. . . Photographer : @sorayatzaman Hair & MUA : @shidehkafei Stylist : @jbang1 . . . #ADifferentPride #transgender #trans #translivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #diversity #marginalized #givebackourland #thisisamerica #honormycurves #blacklivesmatter #bodydiversity #effyourbeautystandards #curvemodel #influencer #visiblyplussize #plussize #plusmodel ##plussizemodel #bodypositive #notmypresident #transmodel #revolution #pride #newyork #editorialphotography #editorial #photography

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She was included with either other LGBTQ+ models in Calvin Klein’s pride campaign. This marks the largest casting of LGBTQ+ models and celebrities for a pride campaign ever.

Calls to protect black trans lives have been part of the Black Lives Matter movement at protests across the country. Yes, the Supreme Court did uphold that the Civil Rights act extends to LGBTQ workers. However, the Trump administration recently revoked healthcare protections for transgender people that were granted under the Affordable Care Act.

Posted by Luminous Pariah on Sunday, 21 June 2020

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