TDOR is just one day on which we memorialize those lost to anti-transgender violence, but it's also a reminder that this violence is happening all year long. In this piece in the Huffington Post, actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox writes of the daily struggles of transgender folks who are just trying to live their lives, but who must live under the threat of violence simply because of who they are. Now is a chance to examine how all of us contribute to this culture of violence, everything from our words and expectations to our silence or blindness to the hate. Now is our chance to explore how we might transform this culture of violence into one of love, support, solidarity.
And now is a time to show that nobody is dispensable. Those who suffered at the hands of hatred will never be forgotten.
Since my birthday falls on this day, it's the perfect opportunity for me to raise awareness about anti-transgender violence and to support those organizations and individuals working so hard to bring it to an end. That's why I've been asking friends and family to donate to CUAV (Community United Against Violence) as a gift to me and to our communities, to contribute to the essential work of helping our communities grow in our tools to respond to and prevent violence. Any amount of donation from you would go directly to helping CUAV continue to do what they do, empowering those affected most by violence to create a world without it. Visit the CUAV website at www.cuav.org for more information on how to donate. And let me know if you do - I'll send you a personal thank-you for this wonderful gift.
The San Francisco Transgender Day of Remembrance will take place Sunday, November 20th at 5:00 pm at the Ark of Refuge. This event is open to everyone in trans communities, including all families, friends and allies, and food and beverages will be provided. Come out to hear powerful words from Carolina Morales of CUAV, as well as other members of our comunities. Click here for more information on this event.
Also, please visit the Transgender Day of Remembrance website to learn more about the day, find other events throughout the country, and read the names and stories of the people we memorialize this year. For more trans-related resources and support, visit Susan's Place, Gender Spectrum or Gender Advocates.
And before you go, here's a quick and dirty reminder that I'm reading tomorrow afternoon, at the Clattering Loom, an event that will include music, food and poetry. Visit my events page for details.