Gender diversity has always been an integral part of our societies and so, honoring the sanctity and power of trans people needs to be a central component of all movements for social justice and liberation. The criminalization, subjugation, and erasure of trans people continue to be normalized, globally, and the overwhelming uprise in anti-trans rhetoric from world leaders and trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) directly threatens the lives and well-being of trans people everywhere.
Last Sunday, November 20 marked Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience and this year’s commemoration felt particularly solemn as a mass shooting in a US LGBTQ+ nightclub, resulted in 5 community members’ deaths. This hate crime served as a startling reminder that queer and trans people are not truly safe anywhere. We mourn their loss, and that of multitudes of beautiful trans and gender-diverse people, whose lives are cut short every single day. We honor the lives and legacies of trans ancestors and uplift those who continue to hold the legacy and magic of lost kin.
Though we mourn, we also celebrate the lives, brilliance, and resilience of our trans siblings and elders who are still here, living in defiance and resistance to oppressive systems all over the world! We yearn for the day when gender-diverse people do not have to be resilient, but their human rights are protected so they can freely thrive in abundance. This particular edition of the link love centers on trans communities; their joy, art, healing, activism, and liberation.
All of us at FRIDA