Indya Moore has a very special gift for the transgender youth community.
This holiday season, the star from Pose is bringing their activism front and center. The actor, who uses they/them pronouns, just created an Instagram page by the name of @transanta.The page is used to share letters from young trans people who are in foster care, homeless, or who simply cannot receive presents this year.
“I didn't have a chimney growing up in the Bronx or in foster care, but I do have my community now. My friends and I want to make sure that trans kids feel like they are a gift to this world because they are. Acceptance and love are gifts we all deserve all year,” Moore said in an Instagram video.
Sadly, acceptance and love are two things that have been absent for the trans community. In 2020 alone, there have been at least 40 killings of transgender or gender-nonconforming people, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Globally, the number of transgender people who were murdered was 350.
“Trans issues don’t receive much visibility or attention unfortunately, but this year has been the most violent and deadly for my community,” explained Moore. “It has been very upsetting.”
As dire as they sound, these numbers are just an indicator of a much broader crisis. Many young transgender people are forced to escape their homes due to abuse and end up in extremely challenging circumstances. These are the people who Moore is trying to bring awareness to this holiday season. These are the people who deserve acceptance and love.
Moore has been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community for a long time, but she just recently increased her role. In May, she raised over $20,000 to help people with food, rent, and gender-affirming care.
“I’m really happy that people love me for my work, but it’s also important for people to connect with the fact that they love an artist who is also a black trans person that is part of a community who is being targeted every day with violence,” said Moore.
If you would like to join Moore in this honorable cause, the link to deliver gifts anonymously to trans youth in need is located in the bio of the organization’s Instagram; @transanta. Let’s all gift each other with love and acceptance during this Holiday season!