New York, NY - The Audre Lorde Project and TransJustice will present Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018, taking place at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm, and featuring conversations and performances in memoriam of those who have passed, but are not forgotten, in our communities. In our current political climate, it is more important than ever to honor the work and resilient legacies of community members who fought, and are fighting, tirelessly for self-determination and survival in the face of overbearing violence and structural oppression. On this day, we confront erasure by honoring their work and lives.
The Audre Lorde Project has a storied legacy as a home and educational resource conduit for New York City-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Confirming (LGBTSTGNC) community workers seeking to exchange movement knowledge. One of these knowledge and activation spaces is ALP's TransJustice Program, which offers trans* and gender non-conforming (TGNC) folks of color space to connect and work towards gender liberation as a collective. TransJustice brings you this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance and invites you to show up for one another how ever you are able.
The Audre Lorde Project and TransJustice are proud to bring Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018 to the West Village, blocks from the site of the original Stonewall riot. Transgender Day of Remembrance will bring together friends, loved ones, chosen family, and individuals to be in community for a poignant night of expression and reflection on our collective grief and power as we lift up the narratives of the people taken from us too soon. Join us in ritual and gathering to make space together for the memories we have of those who have passed. This event is free and open to the public.
At this time statistical indicators of violence against transgender communities are staggering, particularly for people of color and poor folks. The laws do not consistently protect transgender folks nationwide, which adds insult to injury to the lives of our community members pursuing self-determination against the daily friction and violence of surviving as Trans in America, in 2018. The need for organizing together, even if in mourning, is imperative while Trans bodies are under siege, especially with the recent escalating attacks on public policies that seek to protect us. At The Audre Lorde Project and TransJustice's Trans Day of Remembrance, we seek to bring the NYC-area community together to hold space for the stories attached to these numbers and headlines, by providing a sanctuary for our communities’ collective sense of memory.