International Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 21, 2011 - 6:30-9pm
Location: 21 King St., St. Catharines
Join us on November 21st for a documentary screening and discussion in recognition of 9th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Let’s remember those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice and also celebrate the diverse Transgender community in Niagara who continue to make strides to improve the quality of life for all.
For more information call:
(905) 984-8684 ext. 120 or 113
AIDS Niagara, PFLAG, Quest Community Health Centre, Queer Action Niagara, Transgender Niagara & Transparent Canada
Dean Spade is the first openly trans law professor. Meaghan Winter interviews him for Granta.
FUCKING READ THIS SHIT. NEXT TIME ANYONE THINKS IT’S OKAY TO RAG ON TRANS* PEOPLE (BECAUSE LOLOL THEIR EXISTENCE IS JUST SO FUNNY, ISN’T IT FUNNY THAT SOME PEOPLE AREN’T EXACTLY LIKE ME), I AM GOING TO PRINT THIS QUOTE OUT AND STAPLE IT TO THE ASSHOLE’S FOREHEAD. Fucking read this shit and think hard, think as hard as you can, about how tragic this is. Your tittering and joking and mocking and bullying — which is, painfully obviously, motivated by an indoctrinated discomfort that you are too ignorant or complacent to question the morality of — is what facilitates violence against the trans* community. No, you don’t have to personally pull the trigger, or raise your fist, or deny care and shelter.
All you have to do is systematically dehumanize. All you have to do is deny the weight of your words and the pedestal of your privilege, ignore the suffering that you can conveniently shrug off after an insensitive SNL skit or forum post because what does it matter to me if these people are dying?
If you are not foaming-at-the-mouth angry right now, read that first sentence again (unless you’d like to protect your blood pressure, in which case have a soothing non-invasive hug from me right now).
There are no words…only rage right now.