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Bisexual Activists Reflect on Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012
Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDoR), observed every year on November 20th, is a time to memorialize all those trans and gender non-conforming people who have been killed or suffered violence as a result of transphobia.
Bisexual Activists Randall Ellison of Champaign IL and Marisa Thomas of Orange County CA share their thoughts and feelings on the day of 2012 TDoR; and Martin Rawlings-Fein of San Fransisco CA shares his thoughts and message of hope, and brings us a TDoR Prayer by Rabbi Reuben Zellman:
"God full of mercy, bless the souls of all who are in our hearts on this Transgender Day of Remembrance. We call to mind today young and old, of every race, faith, and gender experience, who have died by violence. We remember those who have died because they would not hide, or did not pass, or did pass, or stood too proud. Today we name them: the reluctant activist; the fiery hurler of heels; the warrior for quiet truth; the one whom no one really knew.
As many as we can name, there are thousands more whom we cannot, and for whom no Kaddish may have been said. We mourn their senseless deaths, and give thanks for their lives, for their teaching, and for the brief glow of each holy flame. We pray for the strength to carry on their legacy of vision, bravery, and love.
And as we remember them, we remember with them the thousands more who have taken their own lives. We pray for resolve to root out the injustice, ignorance, and cruelty that grow despair. And we pray, God, that all those who perpetrate hate and violence will speedily come to understand that Your creation has many faces, many genders, many holy expressions.
Blessed are they, who have allowed their divine image to shine in the world.
Blessed is God, in Whom no light is extinguished.”
(via Bi Magazine)