Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-09-06



Chicagoans gather to mark the 2023 Trans Day of Remembrance
by Carrie Maxwell

This article shared 3323 times since Mon Nov 20, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Therapy Collective and Life is Work joined forces to celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance under the banner New Era Together Nov. 19 at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., on the West Side of Chicago.

The event was held to honor the lives of transgender and non-binary individuals who were lost due to violence and discrimination over the past year.

Event emcee and Life is Work Housing Case Manager and entertainer Lia Stokes said, "As a Black trans woman who suffers from anxiety and PTSD, every day is a struggle. But we are here to celebrate, uplift, learn and love."

Speakers included Black and Pink Executive Director and Transgender Strategy Center faculty member Tatyana Moaton, as well as Life Is Work Founder and CEO Zahara Bassett; Brave Space Alliance Deputy CEO Jae Rice; Howard Brown Health Community Relations Associate Director Terra Campbell; Chicago Department of Public Health Individuals of Transgender Experience Public Health Administrator III Nick Selik; Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) Executive Director and therapist Iggy Ladden; and Lace to Liberation Founder Beverly Ross.

Moaton said it felt good to be in her hometown again. She added, "As we gather today on this solemn occasion … we come together not just in grief, but in solidarity, in strength and in injustice in an unwavering commitment to justice and equality … As a Black transgender woman my journey has been one of both profound challenges and incredible triumphs. A journey that resonates with the stories of the people we honor today … I learned early on that my existence was a battleground."

She also spoke about everyone who has been marginalized and oppressed in one way or another, and said how important it was to remember the people who "walked so we could run, spoke so we could shout … we are not just victims, we are survivors, fighters and change-makers … [Let us] create a world where being transgender is not a sentence to a life of struggle, discrimination and fear; but a world that embraces and celebrates our diversity … turning our eyes to the future where we must shape, through our actions, our advocacy and our unwavering commitment to justice. Let us create a world where [transgender people] are celebrated for their contributions, bravery and their unapologetic authenticity … Let us remember that each [ person's name we read today] represented a life, a story, a dream and a potential that was unfairly extinguished."

Bassett started with the chant "trans power" and reminded everyone that, "This has been a rough year for us all, on so many levels." She also asked the audience to give each other hugs to spread the love in the room.

Rice said, "This is not just a day of remembrance; it is also a day of resilience, and a day to take back the power that they are trying to take from us. This is a day of community." He also encouraged everyone to visit the Brave Space Alliance website and take the Trans Area Survey "because if we aren't at the table, we are on the menu."

Campbell said she was proud to be a part of this event.

Selik invoked the workers' rights activist Mother Jones' quote, "mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living," and said, "It perfectly encapsulates the meaning and purpose behind transgender day of remembrance."

Ladden spoke about losing their friend, work colleague and CTC founding board member Elise Mallory, last year and said their heart is with the Life is Work family over the loss of Lisa Love in recent months.

Ross asked the audience to observe 20 seconds of silence to honor those trans and nonbinary people who were lost this past year.

Center on Halsted (COH) Youth Member Mango read off the names of members of the trans and nonbinary community who died across the country over this past year, while other COH youth members held up five handmade quilts done by multi-generational trans, nonbinary and gender expansive community members to honor the lives that were lost.

Both Trinity Sapphire and Jayr Washington wowed the crowd with rousing and fierce spoken word performances that elicited cheers from the audience.

Honey Daniel served as the entertainment commentator during the ballroom competition where contestants competed for $3,000 in cash prizes in categories based on the Trans Flag colors—blue, pink and white.

The event also featured a picture slideshow of all the known trans and nonbinary people in America who died this past year as well as performances by Puma Bonet and Center on Halsted Youth Member Irma Fungi.

Event co-sponsors included Affinity Community Services, Amazon, Center on Halsted, Chicago Department of Public Health, Cook County Health Hospital Services, Equality Illinois, Human Rights Campaign Chicago, Lace to Liberation, LAGBAC, Chicago's LGBTQ+ Bar Association and Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating.

This article shared 3323 times since Mon Nov 20, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By


Gay News

LGBTQ+ baseball executives announce cancer battles
Openly gay Major League Baseball (MLB) executive Billy Bean announced he has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and that he needs a donor for a bone-marrow transplant, Gay City News noted. USA Today initially reported ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Dr. Rachel Levine, World AIDS Day, trans deaths, Philly bar art
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Liles C. Burke ruled that emails and other records from U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine are relevant to a lawsuit challenging Alabama's ban ...

Gay News

Wisconsin governor vetoes anti-trans youth healthcare ban
In an expected move, Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill that aimed to outlaw gender-affirming care for minors, CBS News reported. Evers has sworn to strike down any proposals from the GOP-controlled Wisconsin Legislature ...

Gay News

Trans actress, gay actors, 'Kokomo City' receive Spirit Award nominations
The nominations for the 39th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced—and LGBTQ+ actors, directors and productions definitely made their mark. Trans actress Trace Lysette was announced as one of the nominees for Best Lead ...

Gay News

MOVIES Director Daniel Peddle on the sequel to the classic doc 'The Aggressives'
In 2005, Daniel Peddle released The Aggressives—a groundbreaking documentary filmed during the late '90s and early '00s in New York City that profiled several masculine-presenting/transmasculine people of color. Fast-forward to ...

Gay News

STRUT marks World AIDS Day with 14th Annual Fashion Show
On Dec. 3, John Fleming and Madman Productions presented the 14th annual STRUT fashion show at Joe's on Weed Street, 940 W. Weed St. As in previous years, the standing room only show was a fundraiser, ...

Gay News

Sidetrack hosts 2023 Speedo Run
On the afternoon of Dec. 2, Sidetrack Video Bar kicked off the 2023 holiday season by hosting the Santa Speedo Run, marking the 12th edition of the yearly fundraiser for Center on Halsted. About 220 runners ...

Gay News

WORLD Queer teen dies, trans activist honored, HIV drugs, mpox, British lesbian
In India, queer makeup artist Pranshu reportedly died by suicide—at age 16—after being subjected to relentless attacks online, PinkNews noted. On social media, LGBTQIA+-rights advocacy collective Yes, We Exist claimed ...

Gay News

'She was here...and she is here': Street to be renamed after Elise Malary
By Alec Karam - The memory of the late activist Elise Malary will soon become a permanent part of Andersonville's Catalpa Avenue. The renamed "Elise Malary Way" will encompass the Catalpa Plaza area, a planned pedestrian plaza between Ashland Avenue ...

Gay News

LGBTQ+ couple the first in South Asia to have marriage recognized
Transgender woman Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey became the first LGBTQ+ couple to have their marriage legally recognized in South Asia after they received a legal certificate in Nepal's Lamjung district on Nov. 29, The Guardian ...

Gay News

Martina Navratilova continues anti-trans comments
Lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been in the news lately for anti-trans comments, although she has been making them for quite some time. She recently sparked controversy with her remarks on a tribute by UK ...

Gay News

Fla. students walk out after school board's anti-trans actions
In Florida, hundreds of students at Coconut Creek's Monarch High School held a walkout on Nov. 28 after their principal and several other school officials were reportedly reassigned over a transgender student's participation on the girls ...

Gay News

Pope Francis's community of transwomen
It's a rare opportunity to meet the pope. It's even rarer if you're a transgender Catholic. However, on Nov. 19, in Torvaianica, Italy, a community of transwomen, many of them sex workers, were welcomed and seated ...

Gay News

Trans women banned from playing cricket
Transgender women have been barred from playing in international women's matches under a new policy from the International Cricket Council (ICC), the BBC reported. Any player who has gone through male puberty will not be eligible ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Trevor Project, anti-trans crimes, priest sentenced, hate-crimes unit
The Trevor Project announced the extension of its partnership with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, reaffirming its commitment to providing specialized assistance to LGBTQ+ people who call 9-8-8, The Advocate reported. Interim Senior Vice President ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.