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Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Union
November 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance honoring the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. At least 23 transgender people have been killed in the U.S. since the beginning of 2019. And of these murders, 21 where black transgender women.
We say “at least” because it is very likely some victims’ deaths go unreported, while others may not be identified as transgender in the media, often because authorities, journalists and/or family members refuse to acknowledge their gender identity.
The intention of the entire evening is for people to walk away with a TRUE understanding of the impacts of multi-marginalized folks on their access to work, affirming healthcare, as well as what makes them (black transgender women) the most marginalized among us. These intersections of identities create additional disparities that must be addressed in order for the acts of violence to be diminished and hopefully one day will end.
The current exhibit at The Union for Contemporary Art is sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies. by Vanessa German.
In the artist’s own words, “this work is a dimensional living reckoning. the living reckoning is bold, eruptive, disruptive work against systems & pathologies that oppress & subvert overt & covert violence onto & into the lives & humanity of marginalized people on this land.”
The evening will start with viewing of the exhibit. Only 12 people will be allowed to view it at once so please stagger your arrival times.
There will be a panel discussion beginning promptly at 7 pm. Our panelists will be answering questions as they relate to their lived experiences as transgender people living here in Omaha and the disparities they face in their day to day lives.
From 8 – 8:15 we will be moving outside to line 24th street where each person will be given a photograph of someone who has been murdered. We will hold the candles for 23 minutes in honor of the transgender lives lost to violence this year. On the back of the photograph provided will be a brief description of the contributions the person made to their communities, as well as the following question:
Who will fill the space this person left behind?
5:30-6:45 pm view exhibit
7-8 pm Panel Discussion
8 – 8:15 pm Move outside
8:15 – 8:38 Candlelight Vigil & 23 Minutes of silent solidarity
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