Become a Trans Activism Icon

Posted by: | Posted on: November 16, 2012


Will you be the next trans activism icon? Look to these heroes for inspiration in your own life as a trans activist.

Kye Allums

The first out trans man to play NCAA Division I basketball.

Sylvia Rivera

One of the instigators of the 1969 Stonewall uprising that led to the explosion of the gay rights movement. Even as the movement she helped to spark began to push out drag queens and trans people, she continued as an advocate for the rights of people of color and low-income people in the LGBT community.

Leslie Feinberg

Award-winning author of books including the novel Stone Butch BluesTransliberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, and Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Ze works to bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and to unite them with those struggling for justice in other areas, including issues around race, class, and disabilities.

TAW and TDOR Events

Friday, November 16

Athens Boys Choir and Katastrophe, “F To eMbody”
7 pm at the Unitarian Society Meeting House, 220 Main St., Northampton
“F To eMbody” is a free, multimedia spoken-word and hip-hop performance featuring two of the country’s most recognized trans-masculine artists.

Chelmsford Trans Day of Remembrance
7 pm at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church chapel (the white church on the common), 2 Westford St., Chelmsford
The chapel is located in the end of the building next to the church’s parking lot. Contact

Saturday, November 17

Glendale Community College Alumni Association Speaker Series
2-4 pm at GCC Dining Commons on the Main Campus, One College Drive, Greenfield
Dr. Jennifer Madden (’78) will return to the GCC campus to share the story of her journey when she transitioned to become a woman. She will also talk about her new book, Confessions of a Transsexual Physician, written under the pen name Jessica Angelina Birch. She will be joined by other members of the gender identity community for a panel presentation followed by a roundtable workshop.

Springfield Trans Day of Remembrance
6-9 pm at 3300 Main St., Springfield

Sunday, November 18

Boston Trans Day of Remembrance
4 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 138 Tremont St., Boston
Boston’s TDOR event will feature a community speak-out, candlelight vigil and hosted reception. Benefits Transgender Emergency Fund & Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Transgender Clinic Fund.

Worcester Trans Day of Remembrance
7 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester
For information call (508)752-3766.

Monday, November 19

Springfield Trans Day of Remembrance and Lecture on Transgender Lives by Lorelei Erisis 
7 pm, Sleith 100, Western New England University, Springfield
Lorelei Erisis is a trans writer, performer, speaker, activist and adventurer  and was first Miss Trans New England (2009). She studied improvisation and sketch comedy for many years at the Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles and has performed nationwide as a solo act and member of various ensembles. For the past several years, Lorelei has written a popular column for The Rainbow Times called, “Ask a Transwoman.” in which she answers questions about transgender people and concerns.

Virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance with Standing on the Side of Love
8 pm EST at
Standing on the Side of Love & the Church of the Larger Fellowship are hosting a special online interfaith vigil. Together, we will mourn those are no longer with us while also offering hope, beauty, and a celebration of the living.

Speakers will include Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, IL; Rev. Meg Riley, minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship; Rev. David Weekley, the only openly transgender clergy serving the United Methodist Church; and Alex McNeill, candidate for Presbyterian ministry and the first openly transgender ministry candidate in his conservative Presbyterian region in western North Carolina. Music will be contributed from Pauline Park, activist and musician and chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy and president of the board and executive director of Queens Pride House; Namoli Bennet; and more.

Additionally, we’re looking for submissions to celebrate lives during the “hope” part of the service. We want to honor the living as well as the dead. We need folks to help submit photos of transgender people whose lives you want to celebrate! Photos should be sent to

Tuesday, November 20

National Transgender Day of Remembrance

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Trans Day of Remembrance
12:15-1 pm at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford
The Veterans’ Hospital will be holding their first TDOR. The 45-minute service is open to all, not only veterans.

Hampshire County Trans Day of Remembrance
5:30 pm at Unitarian Society Meeting House, 220 Main St., Northampton
A candlelight march will proceed to First Churches (129 Main St.) for a speak-out and reception.

Check the TAW site for full calendar of events.

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