Yes, it's that time again -- and your support is critically needed.
All around the world on November 20th, people come together for Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) events to mourn and honor the lives lost to anti-transgender violence, transphobia, and at times, suicide.
In 2013, after a local white gay male "ally" delivered a speech at Miami's TDOR written by a trans woman of color, failing to credit her, and owning her story as his own, several local trans people vowed to never let that happen again. Since then, the Miami Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience (TDORR) grassroots planning committee has brought the community together to respectfully mourn and honor the lives of trans people lost, while also focusing on resiliency, and uplifting the lives of trans people living in our community. We center trans/non-binary performers and speakers, and the event itself is organized by an entirely trans/non-binary committee. Last year, over 200 people were in attendance for this event.
All proceeds raised go directly towards purchasing necessary event materials, along with providing a small stipend to all trans/non-binary speakers/performers and the TDORR planning committee members for their time, brilliance, and contributions.
For many in the transgender community, November 20th is a holy day on which we come together to mourn, uplift, love, and affirm one another. Each year, we can only hope that we will all be together to share space again on the same day next year.
However, we know that the grim reality is that someone among us will likely be gone.
Since our TDORR event last year, we lost one of our very own right here in South Florida -- Kiki Fantroy, a 21 year old transgender woman. Fantroy’s mother remembered her as having “a heart of gold” and being “a very loving person.” She also pleaded for justice for her daughter, saying, “My baby, my baby. Please help bring justice to my baby.”
The first part of our Miami TDORR event is a Remembrance portion, where we will uniquely mourn and honor the irreplaceable lives lost locally, around the country, and throughout the world. The picture below is from last year's event (2018), where we did a live community installation on canvas of all of the names of those we'd lost.
The second part of the 2019 Miami TDORR event, the Resiliency program, will continue to focus on uplifting and celebrating the lives of trans people living in our community. This includes performances by local trans spoken word artists, trans authors, trans singers and songwriters, and trans drag performers.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of trans people are dying every year. This is especially true for trans women of color, whose lives are stolen from us constantly. This is an epidemic. We must come together in community, as trans people and allies, to honor and lift these lives up.
By contributing to this event, you're not only supporting us to honor trans lives lost with dignity and grace, but you're also contributing to local trans people's existence, survival, and radical acts of resilience.
(art by Colin Laurel)
We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at Barry University, in Andreas Room 111, at 6pm on Tuesday, November 20th, 2019.
The 2019 Miami TDORR Planning Committee
Space and Food Graciously Supported by: Barry University School of Social Work, Barry Center for Human Rights & Social Justice, and Dr. Ashley Austin
Si, llego el momento una vez mas- y tu apoyo es criticamente necesario.
Cada 20 de Noviembre, gente de todo el mundo se congrega para “El dia de conmemorar y honrar las vidas perdidas como consecuencia de la violencia anti-trangenero, transfobia; y en algunos casos, suicidio”. Transgender day of Remebrance (TDORR).
En el 2013, despues que un “aliado” local de la raza blanca presento un discurso escrito por una mujer trans de color en el TDORR de Miami; olvidando e ignorando acreditarla por su trabajo y usando la historia de esta mujer como suya, muchas mujeres trans locales juraron nunca mas permitir que eso ocurriera. Desde entonces, el comite planeador del movimiento de Miami Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience (TDORR) ha logrado unir a los miembros de la comunidad para, dar duelo y honrar las vidas trans perdidas, enfocandose en la entereza de la comunidad trans y realzando las vidas de la gente trans. Nos enfocamos en artistas trans, y el evento en completamente organizado por un comite totalmente trans/non-binary. El ano pasado, mas de 200 personas asistieron al TDORR.
Todos los ingresos producidos iran directamente a las comprar de materiales y productos necesarios para el evento, asi como para ofrecer un pequeno salario a los artistas y presentadores trans/non-binary, y a los miembros del comite de planeamiento del TDORR por su tiempo, vitalidad y contribucion.