DOR 2016 is one for the history books, and as this 18th anniversary observance of it across the globe happened, I wasn’t at home for the ones in Houston because as you know, I was tapped to be on the opposite end of I-10 as the keynote for the Tuscon TDOR on the University of Arizona campus.
On this November 20 date here and around the world, in addition to the event that happened during Trans Awareness Week and Month in the runup to TDOR itself, there were speeches given. and panel discussions held.
Media interviews were granted by us in which we delivered the crystal clear message that our lives and humanity matters, and we along with our allies read the names of over 300 trans people around the world who lost their lives to anti-trans violence.
Far too many of those lives once again were trans people of color and in the US, African-American trans people under age 40.
We lit candles for those souls we lost, mourned them, comforted each other, and walked out of those venues more determined than ever to ensure that these people didn’t die in vain and that we the living would ensure that trans rights would prevail here and around the world.
Here’s just a few snapshots of TDOR 2016 ceremonies and events around the world. I’ll add more as I receive them.
Karen Kendra Holmes speaking at a TDOR event hosted by Stetson University
Jevon martin at the White House Transgender Community Briefing on November 17