Thursday, November 20, 2008

Transgender Day of Remembrance - 11/20/08

Today is the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance commemorating all those in the transgender community who lost their lives due transphobia, misunderstanding, and pure hate.

Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance

"God full of mercy, bless the souls of all who are in our hearts on this Transgender Day of Remembrance. We call to mind today young and old, of every race, faith, and gender experience, who have died by violence. We remember those who have died because they would not hide, or did not pass, or did pass, or stood too proud, or looked like someone who did. Today we name them: the reluctant activist; the fiery hurler of heels; the warrior for quiet truth; the one whom no one really knew.

As many as we can name, there are thousands more whom we cannot, and for whom no prayer may have been said. We mourn their senseless deaths, and give thanks for their lives, for their teaching, and for the brief glow of each holy flame. We pray for the strength to carry on their legacy of vision, bravery, and love.

And as we remember them, we remember with them the thousands more who have taken their own lives. We pray for resolve to root out the injustice, ignorance, and cruelty that grow despair. And we pray, God, that all those who perpetrate hate and violence will speedily come to understand that Your creation has many faces, many genders, many holy expressions.

Blessed are they, who have allowed their divine image to shine in the world.

Blessed is God, in Whom no light is extinguished.(CBST)"
Suggested actions for the day:
-Candlelight vigils / marches
-Visual representation of the number of deaths with:
-Cardboard tomb stones of remembered people
-Paper cutouts of remembered people
-Body outline chalkings of remembered people
-Art / photography displays

Please use the opporunity to commemorate a friend or loved one who has suffered due to transphobia, regardless of whether one is theist, atheist, and regardless of your particular faith, please keep those names in your heart today and think about how we can all work to make this world a better and more just place regardless of ones gender identity/expression.

9 comments:

Aaron X said...

PHOTOS Prop 8 Protest St. Louis, MO (11-15-08)

Andy said...

That prayer took my breath away. Thank you for sharing.

Emily S said...

Thank you so much for this lovely post.

heterogen said...

Bad chosen day, November 20th, because it is the anniversary of the death of José Antonio Primo de Rivera (founder of the Spanish fascist party) and Francisco Franco (military dictator) and it's a day of remembrance, not only for fascist groups but also for anti-fascist groups.

aSeaNamedSolaris said...

What a beautiful post and way to honor those whose flames were extinguished by violence.

Shauna Baggtt said...

Every year a ghost comes around to remind me how lucky I was that one night in October. I do care about all who parish and the sadness that goes with knowing. I will one day not hurt as much when this day of remembrance comes along.

Thank you for sharing

Queers United said...

Nicky - Your post was deleted, anti-trans commentary will not be tolerated, I understand you have your views, but you need to learn some respect and kindness to fellow human beings.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this reminder. As an activist dyke, I sometimes get caught up in "my" issues. But I'm so grateful for the cultural, activist, and personal contributions of the gender non-normative in our community. I will join the WEHO vigil tonight.

cathynelvistcb said...

Jarrod and friends,

Thanks for reminding us of all of the injustices that so many have suffered over the years. I think back fondly to all of my gay and lesbian friends that succumbed. They will never be forgotten.

I love you Jarrod Joe and all of your friends that I met in SF at the No on 8 Rally! You are 'genuine' people!

God bless.

Mom

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