Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20 annually) is an important part of the life of transgender communities around the world.
In addition to our own annual observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, we are building a Transgender Day of Remembrance toolkit which will resource faith communities and other Transgender Day of Remembrance organizers.
The Black-OUT awareness initiative is sponsored by Black Trans Men Inc (BTMi) and involves changing your facebook profile picture on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance. Show your support by being a part of this movement!
A Prayer of Cisgender Confession and Commitment by Tammerie Day
Jay Wilson offers these worship resources via ReconcilingWorks (Lutherans). The 4 page PDF includes 3 Prayers of Confession and Forgiveness, as well as a sample Prayers of the People.
However, it is not enough for us to simply mourn these victims–we have to take the necessary steps to destroy the racist institutional barriers that perpetuate their deaths–and not leave the burden of responsibility on communities of color.
In recent years some have criticized the Transgender Day of Remembrance for being too dark, too gloomy, too morbid.
But just as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall refuses to allow us to remember the Vietnam War without remembering the people who gave their lives to see that war through, the Transgender Day of Remembrance serves an important purpose for those of us fighting the battle for LGBT equality.
Across the world, trans people are being excluded from jobs, turned away by doctors, funneled into prisons, and left to die by the side of the road. They are not slipping through the cracks: Indifference, hatred, and violence are actively forcing them down through the gaps in our social safety nets, our health care systems, and the legal systems of citizenship by which our societies determine whose lives matter.
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Prayer of Confession for Transgender Day of Remembrance
by AnnMarie Kneebone and Regina Shands Stoltzfus
You are spirit
You are truth
We are made
and of spirit
We are created in your image
We reflect your brilliant and beautiful diversity
That brilliant and beautiful diversity is
hated and violated
tortured and killed
because it does not fit
the gender mold of the masses
When we live across gender
we are hated
Today we remember our siblings
and their spirits
Today we ask forgiveness
for our complicity with this violence through
or baseless fear
of our siblings who beautifully defy
society's binary gender construction