Sunday, November 18, 2007

11/20 Trans Day of Remembrance

Tuesday, November 20, 6pm: "A Celebration of Life" / an acknowledgment of violence against transgendered people. Gather at the LGBT Community Center (208 W. 13th St., New York, NY), march, return to Center for memorial ceremony. Sponsored by the Center's Gender Identity Project, Housing Works, Trans Justice, AIDS Center of Queens County, and others.

Same date and time: Protest Human Rights Campaign's failure to advocate for transgender and gender non-conforming people. Sparked by HRC's flip-flopping on the need for an Employment Nondiscrimination Act that encompasses protections based on gender identity. Gather outside the Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street, New York, NY) where HRC is conducting a "women's networking event." Demands: HRC fire executive director Joe Solmonese; work toward a goal of 10% trans representation on its national board and regional steering committees; give 7 congressional representatives who voted against the non-inclusive version of ENDA (because they were insisting on an inclusive version) credit in HRC's "scorecard" program for a pro-LGBT vote. Organized by Jon Winkleman. More info...

Other perspectives on the HRC/ENDA situation:

Donna Rose (blog of a trans former board member of HRC who resigned over the controversy)

Republic of T (blog of a black gay man advocating inclusivity)

Gay City News op-ed by Doug Ireland providing an historical critique of HRC and the "gay citizenship movement"

But back to the real point of the Day of Remembrance:

Online memorial to deceased trans people

1 comment:

T. Trist said...

In addition to memorializing the people lost to senseless hate and violence, I would like to honor the women and men who courageously live their lives in truth everyday.

It makes me so angry that much of the hate and degredation against the GLBT community is embraced by religion!

Everyone in our community should know that there's a documentary film soon to be released about two lesbian women who set out to fight against religious bigotry by posing as a straight couple in an evangelical church... and they have proof.

You can see Faith of the Abomination movie trailer on YouTube, or go directly to FaithoftheAbomination.com