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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Debbie says:

Laurie and I always try to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. As the intensifying attacks on trans people (and especially trans children) have gotten more traction in the last few years, it feels even more important to remember that real human people’s lives are on the line every day.

This year, the GLAAD website lists 33 trans people killed in the United States,  ages 19-50, from all over the country–from Albany, NY to Los Angeles, CA. Of course, that isn’t everyone, or close to everyone, even in this country, and the international numbers are higher still.

Some years, I’ve been able to find pictures, but this year only hard facts in text. So here is what GLAAD knows about the youngest and oldest victims:

Kathryne “Katie” Newhouse, an Asian-American trans woman, was killed in Georgia on March 19. She was 19 years old.

Nedra, a Black trans woman, was killed in Opa-locka, FL on May 14. She was 50 years old.

They left behind their stories, the people who loved them, the families who may have loved them or may have exiled them, and a world in which they were always in danger.

Makes me think of old Malvina Reynolds lyrics (from “I Cannot Sleep,”), transmuted slightly for this purpose. I feel confident Reynolds would approve.

If there were one, it would be cause to wonder
If there were one, it would be cause to weep.
But they are numbered in too many dozens
And for each one, I cannot sleep.

Remembering them–fighting to have this day be obsolete–that’s all we can do.


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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

São Paulo, Brazil

Renata Spencer
Tepeji Del Rio, Hidalgo, Mexico

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.