As we make our way through November, many are thinking about the holidays and the eventual end to a year that has been full of surprises. For many trans people in our community, thoughts of November bring up November 20th, Transgender Day of Remembrance.
In a year where we have collectively lost so much, Transgender Day of Remembrance seems even more important. In addition to being frequently misgendered, the loss of our trans siblings continues to suffer from a lack of coverage and adequate reporting. This year, that has been compounded by the fact that their losses were often overshadowed by the pandemic and its impacts on our lives, economies, and communities. This year’s ceremony will be a pre-recorded virtual event that will feature the voices of trans activists in Nashville. There will be reflections, artistic performances, a special dedication to Monica Roberts, and reading of the names of those we have lost in the past year.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance video will debut at 7 p.m. on Vanderbilt’s Office of LGBTQI Life’s YouTube Page. However, if you are unable to make the premier, the recording will be housed there indefinitely. All are welcome to honor and pay respect to members of the trans community we’ve lost in the last year. If you have any questions about the event feel free to email Jay Bohanon at [email protected].