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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019: And the List Goes On

Debbie says:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance official site is black today, with names, locations, and a little bit of information about each of the dead since November 21 of last year.

I just picked three at random:

Flavia Santana
Anapolis, Brazil
8-Mar-19
2019
strangled

Perla
São Paulo, Brazil
8-Mar-19
2019
shot

Renata Spencer
Tepeji Del Rio, Hidalgo, Mexico
9-Mar-19
2019
stoned

Trans people, especially trans women, and especially trans women of color are at great risk of personal violence. The United States is far from free of the taint of this danger, and certainly that won’t change as long as we have this president, or this party in power.

So Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) must be honored. TDoR has been observed for 20 years, and began in response to the murders of Black trans women Rita Hester and Chanelle Pickett.

In 2015, an organization called BreakOUT! in New Orleans founded Trans Day of Resilience to bring celebration in along with the grief and anger. BreakOUT! partners with Forward Together, and they ask that folks “honor trans and nonbinary lives by sharing our art with your community today.”  One piece from their front page is pictured above. Check out the rest. The artists are credited extensively, but not in connection with their pieces, so I don’t know who made this beautiful art. Here’s one artist bio:

féi hernandez is a Mexican trans non-binary immigrant spiritual healer, writer, actor, visual artist and graphic designer. They grew up undocumented in Inglewood, California and has continued community work through their writing and art. féi’s writing has been featured in NPR, Immigrant Review, Non Binary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT, Good Mood, Live Wire, and Hayden’s Ferry Issue 64. Their art work has been exhibit at Galería de La Raza, is featured in the Latino Book Review 2019, and is currently working on a digital collection of artwork for exhibit. They are currently the Art Director of Palms Up Academy and Lorenzana Services Inc. and teach Crafting Eternity, a writing class for developing writers in Los Angeles. féi has a forthcoming full-length poetry collection published through Sundress Publications on the intersections of race, identity, gender, the hood, immigration, and sexuality.

Remembrance and resilience, grief and joy, acknowledgment and resistance go hand in hand. It is a huge credit to the trans community that they and their allies celebrate these two days together.

By the time you read this, it may not be Trans Day of Resilience where you are. Don’t let that stop you from sharing this art, and this message.

Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience

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Laurie and Debbie say:

Trans people, especially trans women, and especially trans women of color are at great risk of personal violence. In the United States right now, the president and his administration are seriously threatening to erase the legal existence of all trans people.

So Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) must be honored. TDoR has been observed for almost 20 years, and began in response to the murders of Black trans women Rita Hester and Chanelle Pickett. In 2015, an organization called BreakOUT! in New Orleans founded Trans Day of Resilience to bring celebration in along with the grief and anger. This year BreakOUT! is partnering with Forward Together, and they’ve asked that folks “honor trans and nonbinary lives by sharing our art with your community today.”

Four posters for this year can be found at the Forward Together link. Check them all out, plus others from past years. Our selection, above, is by Ashleigh Shackelford in collaboration with SNaP Co. Here’s Shackelford’s artist statement:

We are Black, fat, trans, non-binary, and queer. We’re here, and we will not be invalidated, erased, or ignored. Trans Day of Resilience is about changing the narrative around Black trans folks and our experiences. This project is necessary and game-changing because Black death is constant, and Black trans death is the crux of that. Our safety cannot exist in a system designed to kill us.

Black death mobilizes most of our movements. However, when we talk about the nuances of our identities, our trauma, and how our existence is so much more than our death and tragedies – that’s when we begin the work to build a world without cages, a world with healthy boundaries. We must center and affirm Black trans people in all of our movements and within our visioning of liberation. We must transform our work and ourselves to create a Black trans future.

My piece centers Black trans sex workers of different sizes and deep complexions. I created this piece to celebrate, highlight, honor, humanize, and defend Black sex workers of trans experience. My specific focus as an artist, and as a regular degular fat bitch just tryna get free, is to uplift and create visibility for Black fat folks – especially Black fat hoes, bad bitches, and survivors. This piece was done digitally with inspirations from Atlanta (‘The Black Queer Mecca’) and the Black babes of trans experience who are constantly finding ways to survive a system created to destroy them.

SNaP Co.’s statement can be found at the link.

By the time you read this, it may not be Trans Day of Resilience where you are. Don’t let that stop you from sharing this art, and this message.