Welcome on this Transgender Awareness Week.
This is our second Transgender Day Of Remembrance gathering in Saratoga Springs, but we have been here forever, just mostly invisible. We were here with the Native Americans, were here with the Spa goers, and are here with the Tech Valley crew, always a part of this community, but living in the shadows, in the pursuit of safety.
While we have a list of transpeople we know were murdered this year, including one from North Adams, we are here to remember transgender lives. So many invisible lives, some made briefly visible by a tragic murder, but most just invisible because of how we have learned to hide, to swallow our hearts, just to try and feel safe. It’s so easy for those of us who have a trans heart just to grow afraid watching the news today, with an administration that seems to want to erase us again, making the mainstream comfortable no matter what the cost to those it chooses to marginalize, to dehumanize.
Today, we are here to remember those trans lives, lives lived, lives lost and lives under threat. We have always been here, but now, with the help of partners standing with us, we are claiming our voices and visibility.
Thanks to our sponsors:
More than that, thanks to you. Thank you for coming and reminding us that even when transpeople are invisible, we are not forgotten, that we belong.
Let’s remember, together.
Remember that our value comes from who we are inside, not our external appearance.
Remember that challenge and fear are cues for understanding, not for erasure.
Remember that diversity is what makes our world blossom with possibility.
Remember that we are responsible for welcoming others by engaging their stories.
Remember that what connects us is always stronger than what divides us.
Remember to reach out to those in need and to stand up for those in peril.
Remember that those who run away the most need the the most love.
Remember that people aren’t their shells, their defences. They are their heart.