Today is the 20th Anniversary of the International Trans Day of Remembrance, recognized annually on November 20th.
So we want to beam love out to the Trans, Gender Non-Conforming and Two-Spirit folks who work, create, organize and educate with us at SKETCH. We want to acknowledge and honour our Trans staff, guest artists and participants for all that they bring to our community and to the world. And we want to acknowledge all of the immense contributions made by Trans folks to arts, culture, human rights and social justice organizing in Toronto and beyond!
We also want to acknowledge that we still have much work to do as allies and advocates to support our Trans community while aiming to provide inclusive space for Trans young people to make art at SKETCH. We are committed to this ongoing work and we invite our extended community to keep doing this learning and un-learning alongside us.
Early in the new year some of our Trans, Two spirit & Gender Non-Conforming staff will be hosting gatherings for Trans participants to connect, share food & talk about their unique experiences so keep your eyes peeled!
For today, there are many ways you can observe TDoR in Toronto, including tonight’s event at the 519. Also, here’s a small resource created by folks at SKETCH who reflected on what this day means to them.