Protestors assembled en masse on Saturday, March 7, demanding the protection of Black trans women’s lives and decrying the violence against all trans women. The rally began at the Cal Anderson Park playfield, where a vigil was held to remember and honor lives violently lost in recent years. Members of the protest took turns to speak, voicing their appreciation for the collective support, while admonishing the ongoing hate crimes, often cases of murder, targeted toward those who identify as transgender. A heavy rain loomed as protestors began to march up Pine Street and southbound down 12th Avenue. Signs were displayed and songs were chanted as the march continued through Capitol Hill.
This gathering will be one of many nationwide as the March 31 Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) nears – an international event and day of observation that began in 2009 with a mission to celebrate the transgender community and its contributions, and to raise awareness toward the transphobia and discrimination faced by trans lives across the globe. TDoV arose in response to and as an extension of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which was created by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in 1999 to condemn, grieve and memorialize the brutal murders committed toward the transgender population. TDoR is recognized worldwide, wherein local events are held by local communities and organizers across the globe.
The local TDoV event is calling for participants to share their stories via video; offering experiences, advice and support for the community. For more information and to join the March 31st event online, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2518632758444796/
For more information on local TDoV events happening locally in Seattle, please visit: https://seattletransvisibility.org
For current Seattle Central College students who are interested in becoming a more effective ally within the transgender community, or would simply like more information, a a Spring 2021 course on Queer and Trans History is being offered.
Additional course details:
The course code is HIST 281 and will be taught by Dorian Alexander. The class will meet from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.
For additional college support and resources, please contact Seattle Central’s student club, Queer Cooperative, which seeks to support and empower the LGBTQ+ community both on-campus and throughout the area: https://www.facebook.com/Queer-Cooperative-1569344666718873/
Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.
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