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.
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.
November 14th-20th is Trans Awareness Week, leading up to Trans Day of Remembrance on the 20th. This is time to raise visibility for trans and gender non conforming people, speak the names of our dead, fight for the living and address issues that affect our communities and loved ones.
Here are a few articles and videos that TJFP is reading and watching as we relfect on what this week is about. Please don’t forget how innovative, resilient, courageous and breathtaking we are.
All of our lives matter. Trans lives matter.
**WARNING: Some of the content in the following articles and videos may address violence, anti-trans violence, sexual assault, mis-pronouning and language that may not be suitable for all audiences**
Remembering Us When We’re Gone, Ignoring Us While We’re Here: Trans Women Deserve More by Morgan Collado
Trans Remembrance and Resistance by Chase Strangio
Transgender Day of Remembrance: Critique is Resistance; Resistance is Revolution by L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith
Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Honor the Dead and the Living by Shelby Chestnut
Mother, Transgender Daughter Seek Acceptance In Small-Town Wisconsin by By Galen Druke
On this day and all year long, the Trans Justice Funding Project is sending love and strength to all of the trans warriors out there. Whether you fight in your heart, from your bed, in your office, factory, prison cell or in the streets, we honor you.
And to those who are no longer with us or were brutally taken from us, let us speak your names and never forget.
“surrenderin is unimaginably more dangerous than struggling for survival!” ― Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
Artwork by Micah Bazant, http://micahbazant.bigcartel.com/product/remember-trans-power