For the third consecutive year I had the honor of participating in the Trans Women of Color United For Change sponsored TDOR event at Progressive Open Door Christian Center in the shadow of the Texas Southern University campus.
Unlike last year, I didn’t do the keynote, but I did have a spot early in this year’s program in which I discussed the history of the Transgender Day of Remembrance and why we have conducted them as a community since 1999.
The reason we do is because of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester becoming a tipping point moment in terms of our pissivity over our sisters dying and the piss poor media coverage about those trans murders.
For this third annual event, in addition to commentary from Nikki Araguz Loyd and allies Fran Watson, Ashton Woods and HISD trustee-elect Jolanda Jones, we had a wonderful spoken word performance by Dee Dee, a thought provoking prayer from Kaleb Ralph and a performance from DePaul Norwood.
The church was packed with over 100 attendees and it was a wonderful to once again spend some time with our Houston TBLG family and allies and kick off this series of TDOR’s we are having here at different venues over the next few days at this empowering event..