Monday, November 20, 2017

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today trans people are having ceremonies all over the world paying homage to those who have been lost to violence, suicide, and illness. For some it's not an easy day because they've lost friends and family members. My heart goes out to them.

It's also important that we honor those from the past such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Honor is to be paid to the activist today who are fighting for us. I know a few personally who are out there on the front lines.

We need to be thankful that we have made it through another year. Some who were here a year are no longer with us. Yes there is sadness however reflect on the many good things that have happened. Keep moving ahead. Don't let anyone deter you from being who you are. You are beautiful!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Commentary

Last night I attended Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony downtown. Homage was paid to the 26 known transgender murders in America.

The name of each person was read along with a slide presentation. I read the name of a young trans woman who was only seventeen. Seventeen! She dreams, talent, and a steady who loved her. Ally will never fulfill them because people killed her because she was different.

I pray that some day the day of remembrance will become a day of celebration. My deceased trans sisters and brothers were smart, empathetic, bold talented, and loved. They lived their lives authentically and proudly.

Genevieve's Gems

People have to liberate themselves; liberation is not a single act. It's a question of eternal vigilance. Otherwise, you will be ensnared by someone else.


~Norman Finkelstein, Educator

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Edgy About TDOR

The Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony will be held at Sage Center tomorrow at 6:30 PM. I'm am a bit nervous, something that never happened in previous years. Maybe it's because many items will need to be stressed. 

Transgender people have made tremendous strides, as witnessed by the eight transgender people elected to public office in recent elections. However, there is still much misunderstanding and misinformation about who transgender are and the struggles that many face every day. Even in the LGB communities, the misunderstanding is surprising and sad. 

I will be reciting a poem at the ceremony. I'm wanting to convey the sadness of the transgender people lost in 2917 but also the successes we have had. We are not just survivors; we are victors living authentically in a world that wishes to silence us.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vet's Parade

Yesterday I attended the Veterans Day parade. I wore a black cap with gold writing spelling 'Army Veteran'. As many marchers past by a few of them came up to me thanking me for my service. And I was ma'amed!

The mood was subdued. Perhaps with ehat has happened in recent weeks may have something to do with it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

TDOR Ceremonies

A group of us is preparing for ceremonies for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It has been the bloodiest year for trans people. Besides honoring those who have passed, we want remember those who are living. There will be another planning session next week. Can't wait to see what we come up with.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Election Day

Be sure to vote today!