TDOR: The Search for Hope

Tomorrow is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day where we come together to remember those who have been taken from us this year in the trans community. Sadly this year those numbers, especially amongst trans women of color, are extremely high.  Over 25 trans people have been killed this year in the US alone, and that doesn’t include suicide. This year, these numbers have impacted me in a personal way, and not just as a general trans person. This past winter, my friend and colleague Blake Brockington committed suicide. He was a brave young black trans activist. He had so much to share with the world. He is just one example of the great people we have lost this year because of unimaginable transphobia. We need change and we need it now. We need to find hope. We need to be radical. We need to dismantle the prison industrial complex that locks our sisters up with men who abuse and sexually harasses them, We need to fight against capitalism which puts us in poverty and makes us more likely to be homeless, do sex work, and be arrested. We need to unequivocally claim that blacklivesmatter and that if we don’t address the systematic racism in this country we will fall. We need to address the rampant islamaphobia that is going on right now, and say that muslims aren’t terrorists. And most importantly, we need to educate, we need to break down the binary and we need to say that we are here to stay. TDOR is a time to reflect and remember, but also a time to act, and that time is now.

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