[Image: San Francisco City Hall, lit in the pink and blue colors of the transgender pride flag.]
Last night I attended a Transgender Day of Remembrance event at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. While the ongoing murders of trans people motivated the creation of the TDoR, this occasion was both solemn and uplifting, with numerous musical performances as well as speakers.
[Image: Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits drum and chant at the Trans Day of Remembrance, SF.]
[Image: Donna Personna performs at the Trans Day of Remembrance, SF.]
[Image: StormMiguel Florez plays guitar and sings at at the Trans Day of Remembrance, SF.]
Several spoke to the need for trans people to stop infighting and pull together. One read from a letter she’d just received from President Obama, honoring the Trans Day of Remembrance and speaking positively about trans and gender non-conforming people.
[Image: CeCe McDonald speaks at the Trans Day of Remembrance, SF.]
The keynote speaker was CeCe McDonald, a last-minute replacement. She referred to the aforementioned letter, expressing the same skepticism as I was thinking myself, with one of my favorite phrases of the evening: “We need more than a letter.” Another speaker also echoed my thoughts with another favorite quote: “Fuck tolerance! I don’t need you to tolerate me.”
I’m glad I attended this event, which gave me hope that outspoken trans activists can overcome the hurdles to receiving the full equality we deserve. As usual, I’ve uploaded the full set of photos to Flickr.
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