International Trans Day of Remembrance

Let us remember our sisters, brothers, and siblings who are victims of a world not built for transgender and non-binary bodies. Let us think about the lives lost who were not recognized for their identity. This is one violent world not built for us.

We commemorate the lives lost and the lives just beginning.

This isn’t just a “trans day of remembrance”. It’s a trans day of resistance. TDoR is a call to act.

We exist and our existence is revolutionary. The stories and words of our fallen siblings from around the world are carried with us in our movements: the subversion and resistance of our actions challenging the oppressive narratives of cissexism, classism, transmisogyny, racism, and nationalism.

Allies don’t deserve cookies. Allies are required to act in solidarity and to challenge the cisness and kyriarchical matrix of oppression.

Yesterday’s “November 20th” isn’t just about one day. The lives of trans folks are lost every day.

They are lost when you misgender us.
They are lost when you silence our voices.
They are lost when you refuse to use our chosen names.
They are lost when you out us without our permission.
They are lost when you don’t fund our support services.
They are lost when you refuse to house us.
They are lost when you refuse to employ us.
They are lost when you deny our access to medical care.
They are lost when you fetishize us.
They are lost when you dehumanize us.
They are lost when you exclude us from your movements.
They are lost when you do not recognize our potential.
They are lost when you assault us.
They are lost when you murder us.

TDoR isn’t about mourning. TDoR is a call to fucking act so wake up.

Yesterday we shared space in a venue in Uptown Waterloo and held a vigil. It was heavy and will always be heavy. We are carrying the names and the violence with us. We are recovering the pain and creating communities of care. We need a global movement. We are the global movement of trans survivors and gender fuckers bashing back against the cistem.

-EJ

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