Saturday, November 15th, 2014. New York City – Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20th, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20th, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.
Typically, a TDoR memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year, and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, marches, among others. The TDoR is the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week.
Events in New York city
“Enlighten the World!”
Housing Works, 320 West 13th Street, New York City.
3:00pm – 5:00pm
In honor of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which occurs each year on November 20, Housing Works is hosting an event on Monday, November 17 to commemorate the lives of trans people who were killed as a result of transphobic violence and also to celebrate the lives of those who are continuing the fight for trans rights today.
The theme of this year’s TDOR event is to celebrate life and “enlighten the world” by standing together in solidarity against transphobia. An especially meaningful aspect of this year’s activities is that their own trans residents took the lead in planning and execution of this event, including creation of the event flyer.
This free event will feature speakers and entertainers, as well as refreshments, and is open to the public. All are welcomed.
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Come view the lives of trans-identifying individuals and drag performers in Puerto Rico in a screening of the film “Mala Mala”
Coming Out Trans & Social Media
7:00pm – 9:00pm
This event will explore how the trans community utilizes social media to speak truth to power, while building kinship necessary for liberation, affirmation, and survival.
Trans Day of Remembrance
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project as we lift up the lives of our comrades lost to violence, celebrate the resiliency of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, and come together as a community committed to struggling across differences for our shared liberation.
QUENCH Two-Spirt People: Then and Now
The Indigenous peoples of North America have many cultural traditions that have often been misrepresented or suppressed through the colonization process. In the 21st century, one tradition that was nearly lost is what is referred to as Two-Spirit (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Native peoples). This presentation will examine these traditions from a pre-contact and to a present day context.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
446 West 33rd Street. Manhattan, NYC.
4:30pm – 7:00pm
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, GMHC will host two guest speakers, Tiq Milan and Cecilia Gentili, followed by a candlelight vigil in front of their offices.
Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) MARCH on Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Community Pride Center
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Columbus Park North Plaza (in front of the US District Court Building), Brooklyn.
“Join The Brooklyn Community Pride Center and our community partners as we walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to honor those who have lost their lives due to hate crimes against the transgender community.”
Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. 208 West. 13 St. New York, NY 10011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Inspirational speakers, festival of lights, moment of reflection, solemn prayer.
A Screening of “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word”
Laverne Cox has allowed the world to access her own personal story, and the one of Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black. Her newest project, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, seeks to bring trans narratives into the mainstream while providing trans youth with a platform to tell their own stories. Join us for exclusive insights into the making of The T Word with cast member, Daniella Carter!
Empire State Pride Agenda: November is Transgender Awareness Month. We’re proud to launch our second annual Transgender Awareness Month to celebrate the diverse lives and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers. This year’s theme, “True To You” speaks to the right every person has to identify as their authentic self without fear of discrimination.
Events in other states and countries
International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Click here for a list of events around the world.
All events are FREE and Open to the public!
I will have the Photography Exhibition “Past, Present & Future”, from Thursday, December 4th, 2014 to Thursday, December 18th, 2014.
I will screen, for the first time, the trailer of my newest documentary: “Phoenix: My Life Through Poetry and Activism”. The film is about Phoenix Nastasha Russell’s life. She is a Black Trans woman in NYC. Click here for more info.
AUDRE LORDE PROJECT | TRANSJUSTICE
TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: AFFIRMATIONS
We want to recognize, hold up, and join in solidarity with our imprisoned and detained community members who face lack of access to necessary medicine, violence at the hands of guards and other folks in the prison and psychiatric systems, and lack of protection and agency around pronouns and gender identity. We honor and celebrate you and your resiliency though you cannot be with us tonight. Your community supports you and loves you.
We want to recognize, hold up, and join in solidarity with our documented and undocumented immigrant community members who face incarceration, deportation, and brutality at the hands of Immigrant and Customs Enforcement, the NYPD, and the larger community. We honor and celebrate your resiliency. Your community supports you and loves you.
We want to recognize, grieve and honor all of the trans and gender non-conforming people who were murdered in brutal acts of hate violence, as well as the people we lost to the violences of homelessness, lack of healthcare, and lack of resources. We keep you in our hearts and minds as we continue to fight for Trans and gender non-conforming people of color liberation, and liberation for all peoples. We honor and celebrate you tonight. Your community loves and misses you.
We want to recognize, grieve and honor all of the Trans and gender non-conforming people of color who are murdered, detained, arrested and attacked in wars, occupations, genocide and through all acts of military violence and imperialism. We commit to fighting military violence, colonization and occupation of all peoples. Your community loves you and supports you.
We want to recognize, lift up and join in solidarity with youth who are Trans and gender non-conforming people of color and face barriers to accessing education, safe housing, health care, resources and agency to make decisions for themselves. Your community supports you and loves you.
We want to recognize, hold up and join in solidarity with our elders who are trans and gender-non-conforming people of color; they have seen many histories of violence, made new histories possible, and continue to share stories, share wisdom, create space and be fierce. We honor and celebrate your survival. Your community supports you and loves you.
We want to recognize, hold up and join in solidarity with trans and gender-non-conforming people of color who are “disabled” / have different abilities, who face invisibility, inaccessibility, discrimination and a violently exclusive healthcare system. We honor and celebrate your resiliency. Your community supports you and loves you.
We want to recognize and hold space for the reality that violence is systemic and has deep impacts on Trans and gender non-conforming communities of color. We commit ourselves to struggling to challenge violence in all of its forms, and hold space for healing and transformation for all survivors of violence and all people who cause harm.
We want to lift up and recognize the power, beauty and fierceness of trans and gender non-conforming people of color. As we continue to heal from the violences we experience, let’s also celebrate our fabulous and resilient family across the globe.
Our community supports you and loves you
(Traducido por Audre Lorde Project)
Queremos reconocer, apoyar, y unirnos en solidaridad con lxs miembrxs de nuestra comunidad que se encuentran detenidxs y encarceladxs, y carecen acceso a medicamentos necesarios, y enfrentan violencia a manos de guardias y de otras personas en prisión y en demás sistemas psiquiátricos, donde no existe protección a los pronombres e identidades de género. Les honramos y les celebramos a Uds., y también celebramos su capacidad de resistencia a pesar de que Uds. no pueden estar con nosotrxs esta noche. Su comunidad les apoya y ama.
Queremos reconocer, apoyar, y unirnos en solidaridad con lxs miembrxs de nuestra comunidad que son migrantes documentadxs e indocumentadxs, y que enfrentan detención en centros migratorios, deportación, y brutalidad en manos de agentes de migración, de la policía de Nueva York, y de la comunidad en general. Honramos y celebramos la capacidad de resistencia de Uds. Su comunidad les apoya y ama.
Queremos reconocer, llorar y honrar a todas las personas Trans y de género no conforme que han sido asesinadxs en actos brutales de violencia de odio, así como también a las personas que hemos perdimos por las violencias causadas por la falta de vivienda, falta de atención médica, y la falta de recursos. Les mantenemos en nuestros corazones y nuestras mentes mientras que continuamos luchando por la liberación de la comunidad Trans y de género no conforme dee color, y por la liberación de todos los pueblos. Les honramos y celebramos esta noche. Su comunidad les ama y extraña.
Queremos reconocer, llorar y honrar a todas las personas Trans y de género no conforme de color que son asesinadxs, detenidxs, arrestadxs y atacadxs durante guerras, ocupaciones, genocidios y por durante todos los actos de violencia militar e imperialista. Nos comprometemos a combatir la violencia militar, el colonialismo y la ocupación de todos los pueblos. Su comunidad les quiere y apoya.
Queremos reconocer, apoyar, y unirnos en solidaridad con lxs miembrxs de nuestra comunidad trans y género no conforme de color que enfrentan barreras al acceso a la educación, a la vivienda segura, seguro de salud, recursos y agencia para tomar decisiones por ellxs mismxs.
Queremos reconocer, apoyar, y unirnos en solidaridad con lxs miembrxs de nuestra comunidad trans y género conforme de color “con discapacidad”/ tienen diferentes capacidades, y que se enfrentan la invisibilidad, la falta de acceso y la discriminación exclusiva de un sistema violento de salud. Les honramos y celebramos la capacidad de Uds. de recuperación. Su comunidad les apoya y ama.
Queremos reconocer y crear el espacio para realidad de que la violencia es sistémica y tiene impactos profundos en nuestra comunidad de personas Trans y de género no conforme de color. Nos comprometemos a luchar para desafiar a la violencia en todas sus formas, y de mantener espacio para curar y para la transformación de todxs lxs sobrevivientes de la violencia y de todas las personas que hacen daño.
Queremos elevar y reconocer el poder, la belleza y la fortaleza de las personas trans y de género no conforme de color. Mientras que continuamos curandp de todas las formas de violencia que experimentamos, celebremos también nuestra fabulosa y resistente familia en todo el mundo.
Nuestra comunidad les apoya y ama.