Trigger Warning: description of depression and suicide
Her name was Emily.
As a pastor, I was always happy to have someone new visit the congregation.
So I was particularly thrilled when Emily scheduled a meeting with me after visiting worship for the first time.
This week marks Trans Awareness Week, which culminates with Trans Day of Remembrance. TDOR (Trans Day of Remembrance) is that moment that many of us dread, because it is the ritual where we mindfully mark the passing of our Trans siblings, many of whom are Trans Women of Color who are victims of relentless violence and the hatred of difference.
This week is Transgender Awareness week, a week when we turn our attention to understanding the experiences and needs of the transgender community. It’s also a week that concludes with the Transgender Day of Remembrance this Sunday, on Nov. 20th.
I am sick of Transgender Awareness.
November is a month that has become riddled with our religious allies checking off the box for transgender "issues"—often with a special service that turns the death of transgender women of color into a sort of morbid pageant.
Earlier this year, I was able to attend the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.
Each year, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed around November 20. The event, which has continued annually since a 1999 candlelight vigil for Rita Hester, is set aside to remember those lost to anti-transgender violence in the last year.