November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a time to remember and honor those transgender people who have lost their lives because of hate and fear. This year, today also marks the end of Transgender Awareness Week which was organized with the goal of raising more awareness of the needs and concerns of the trans community.
Members of the trans community experience disproportionally high violence compared to other members of the LGBT community. While public awareness is increasing, the violence continues, especially to trans women of color. One project working to document the violence and create change is the Trans Violence Tracking Portal.
If you are in the Twin Cities area, please join the Transgender Day of Remembrance events tonight to honor members of the trans community who are no longer with us. Living Table United Church of Christ, at 3805 40th Street, in Minneapolis is holding a memorial at 7pm, Thursday, November 20.
After the memorial, stop by RARE House at 3405 Chicago Avenue South (upstairs) for Trans Jam - live music, drag and DJs.
Other events around the country are being collected at www.transgenderdor.org.
Our friends at Bi Cast hosted a round table discussion with Debi Jackson about Trans Awareness Week and TDOR. The page for the podcast also includes other resources and links to more articles and information.
GLAAD put together a good resource page about Trans Awareness Week and the Day of Remembrance.
BECAUSE 2020 Cancelled
The BECAUSE leadership team and the BOP board have been reviewing forecasts for what this Fall will look like including continued COVID hotspots, limitations on travel, and how people are going to be feeling about being large groups. We feel the most responsible action at this time is to cancel BECAUSE 2020. We have explored moving the conference on line as many conferences and gatherings have done and find it is not the best option for BECAUSE.
The BOP board is developing virtual community building that we hope will help bridge this time for our community. Please check out BOP's Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Meetup Group, and Twitter to stay informed of upcoming events.
We are currently in discussion with our location, Wellstone Center, and our planned speakers and special guests to make BECAUSE 2021 one of the best ever. We hope you will join us in October 2021.
Build, serve and advocate for an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community to promote social justice.
Within the next five years grow Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) into a successfully-run Upper Midwest nonprofit organization with annual funding of $100,000 that provides community building, education, and advocacy for the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community and our allies.