Art by Amir Khadar in collaboration with TGI Justice Project. Feel free to download this piece of art and many others here.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to honor and lift up the lives and memories of trans and gender non-conforming people who were taken from us due to anti-trans hate and violence.
Not only this day, but every day, we ask you to join us in grieving our beloveds.
Not only this day, but every day, we ask that you to join us in making a life-long commitment to keeping each other safe–our selves, our trans and gender non-conforming friends, family, neighbors, and community members.
Not only this day, but every day, we ask that you fill your heart with love and send it to each and every trans and gender non-conforming person of color, particularly trans women of color and explicitly, black trans women.
To those lives that were lost, your magic is felt and we honor you. In your absence your light persists within all of us. And in your memory we fight for justice and liberation so that one day we might all be free.
As we honor those who we’ve lost, we also encourage you to support the trans justice that exists today, in whatever way feels right to you. You can find a trans-led group in your local area and volunteer or donate to their work. You can find grassroots trans-led groups doing transformative work on our digital map here, or you can see a list of all of the 2018 TJFP grantees here and donate to them directly.
Today we remember the lives and legacies of our trans and gender non-conforming family who we’ve lost this year.
Let us honor all our trans and GNC ancestors who have come before us, who fought tirelessly, and paved the way for us to shine brilliantly. Today and everyday, we are reminded of the strength and beauty of our trans communities.
There are so many ways we can honor our ancestors, and we hope that today you can devote a moment and hold the lives and histories of our trans communities in your heart.
A horrible pattern has emerged where each year over the past few years, has been the deadliest year on record for the trans community in the U.S. In 2017 there has been over 26 reported transgender and GNC people killed by violence. If you are looking for a place to be with community tonight, here’s a map of grassroots trans-led groups organizing across the country that you can support all year round or may be able help you locate a local vigil for the 18th annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR).
TJFP stands in struggle and solidarity with our trans communities fighting for justice and liberation, and we hope one day we’ll be able to shine brilliantly without fear, and that our communities can breathe and live freely.
During such challenging times, let us remind ourselves that we are each other’s strength and purpose.
Over the past year, TJFP has sat with many of you as you shared your truth and struggles. To honor you we created a small reminder of what our communities are striving for and how those of you “on the ground”, doing the work everyday, define “Trans Justice.”
Every year on Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember the names of those taken from us as well the names of those still with us. We see how hard you work to build the necessary supports needed for survival. We know this is not always easy and often it can be messy but it’s a beautiful thing to see how we’ve been able to support each other on our individual journeys and collective paths towards justice and liberation–in all the ways it looks.