The Joy of TAW and the Heartbreak of TDOR

Posted by: | Posted on: November 15, 2012


Being a part of any minority community can involve pain and suffering, fear and hiding until full equality is achieved. So the trans and allies community takes one day each year to mourn our losses, provide comfort to each other, and let the world know that the status quo is unacceptable. This Transgender Day of Remembrance serves as our annual (and very important) reminder of the high stakes in this fight for equal rights for trans people. TDOR is a way to honor people from our trans community we’ve lost to violence and to educate ourselves and the greater community about the ongoing need for legal protections and full equality.

Being in a minority community also creates opportunities for so much love and support. So, leading up to TDOR is Trans Awareness Week, a celebration that highlights the joys of community and the opportunities for activism. TDOR looks backward at where we’ve been, and TAW looks toward creating a better future together. This week focuses on goals for the trans movement over the next year and helps create excitement, involvement, and connections with trans people and allies nearby and around the world. We come together, in physical and cyber spaces, to pledge our time and energy to making the world better for ourselves and for others. TAW celebrates the joys of being a part of a worldwide, diverse, passionate community. And I feel so lucky to be a part of it this year.

Hi. I’m Mel, the new Communications Coordinator at MTPC. I look forward to having a chance to hear from you on Twitter and Facebook about all the great work you’re doing. Last night I had the pleasure of attending, for the first time, an event that was specifically for the trans and allies community. I feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing group of people. And my partner, Arthur, and I were so glad to be there for the video premiere celebration of Fenway Health’s contribution to the national I AM: Trans People Speak project, which raises awareness about the diversity within transgender communities. Fenway’s video raises the voices of over twenty trans people and allies, and it is the first video in this project to include multiple voices from a single organization. MTPC’s Community Organizer, Jesse, is also a filmmaker and helped Fenway create such an inspirational video with them. Please check it out below. Fenway Health’s inclusive, welcoming approach is a great model for all employers.

I Am: Trans People Speak, the Fenway Health Community

To celebrate #TAW12, GLAAD also added new videos to the I AM project, each highlighting the experience of an influential trans person in the United States. The four GLAAD videos include: New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Finney Boylan, actress Laverne Cox, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney Noah Lewis, and performance poet Kit Yan. They’ll be up on the project site soon, but for now you can find those videos at

I hope you’ll join me in checking out the other amazing I AM videos collected over the past two years at and on their YouTube channel. This great one, from a trans ally, is one of our favorites!

I AM: Trans People Speak. Abe, a Trans* Ally


TONIGHT: Thursday, November 15

Lowell Trans Day of Remembrance
6:30-9 pm, Lowell
The vigil will start at the Kerouac Commemorative and proceed down East Merrimack Street and end at the Christ Church United, where there will be speakers, a reception and open discussion. For more information, contact Daniel Basil Hamilton at

Queeraoke Thursday & Get Your Trans Awareness Week On!
9 pm-2 am, Midway Way Cafe, 3496 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, Boston
21+ with proper ID

Named Boston’s Best Lesbian Scene & Boston’s Best Karaoke for 2012, today we’re be coming together with our trans peeps for a night of fun & queer cheer with our Supa Dupa Fly karaoke collection & our kick-ass dance sets with bursts of pop, punk, elctronica, soul, hip-hop, dancehall & so much more..with dance videos & karaoke lyrics on four screens. Contests, prizes and donations to benefit MTPC. Check out the Facebook page for more info.

Check the TAW site for full calendar of events.

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