Claiming Our Mourning, Claiming Our Resistance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20. It is an unusual observance in that it is not a celebration holiday, but rather a time set aside for lamentation and resistance.  In transgender communities, when we remember our beloved dead; our siblings; our loved ones; our children, who have been lost to anti-transgender violence, we are doing more than compiling statistics. We are reclaiming our history and re-membering our community in the face of ongoing violence and humiliation, particularly against young transgender women of color.

The National Day of Mourning occurs shortly after Transgender Day of Remembrance each year and has many parallels. Created as an alternative to the (U.S.) Thanksgiving “holiday,” the National Day of Mourning is a Continue reading “Claiming Our Mourning, Claiming Our Resistance”