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Black Lives Matter: A Statement of Solidarity from Plenitude Magazine

Plenitude Magazine mourns the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and all others whose lives have been stolen by police violence. We condemn the murders of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), and especially of trans BIPOC at the hands of white supremacist police officers. We stand in solidarity with the protesters in the United States, Canada, and around the world at this time.

As a queer Canadian magazine in the territory known as Canada, we recognize the importance of supporting Black and trans writers. Never let us forget that the first Pride movement started as a riot led by trans women of colour like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Plenitude commits to further supporting literature by Black people, Black trans people, people of colour, and trans people of colour.

To this end, we aim to do the following:

  • Donate $300 to Black Lives Matter Canada
  • Expand our board of directors to include two to four members who are Black, trans and/or people of colour
  • Hire a second associate poetry editor and associate prose editor, both of whom are either Black, trans and/or people of colour
  • Publish more literature by Black, trans and/or people of colour, especially in Canada

Silence is never the answer. As an LGBTQ2s+ literary magazine, we have a responsibility to give a voice to these writers, and to help put a stop to systemic racism and violence across the country and the world.