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LGBT Activists Fight YIMBY Gentrification

LGBT Activists Fight YIMBY Gentrification

“Developers have seized on desperate times by funding the build-now, apologize-later movement called Yes-In-My-Back-Yard (YIMBY). Its followers believe that building more market-rate condos that are unaffordable to most will be the Reagan-esque trickle-down policy to end the housing crisis. Victoria Fierce, a white techie with purple hair who moved to Oakland to work for a cryptocurrency startup, is YIMBY’s most visible trans leader and co-director of the cunningly named East Bay for Everyone. (Fierce did not respond to a request for comment for this story). Some who count themselves among the shrinking Black population of Oakland, where Fierce landed from Akron, believe people like her are the problem. And Miss Major is one of them.
Having fled Oakland for Little Rock, Arkansas in 2017, Miss Major asks, “Where is [Fierce] when a Black trans girl is put out of her house or has to sleep on the streets just because she doesn’t have the right skin color, or fit the bill of what people think deserves a roof over their heads?””

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