The ninth annual Miami Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience (TDOR&R) will take place on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. All of this year's content will be available here by 7pm EST.
It has been one year since the last international Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), and there have been fundamental changes in the way we operate in this world. We are still in a global pandemic with no foreseeable end in sight, which has contributed greatly to 2021 being the deadliest year on record for transgender and non-binary people (Human Rights Campaign). As our communities have become more visible, we have also faced increased violence and dehumanization. This increase in violence and dehumanization is why we must continue to honor our murdered and fallen siblings.
Trisha Hersey (The Nap Ministry) teaches us that rest is resistance. In the spirit of radical rest and self-preservation, and in a continued effort to keep our communities safe, the 2021 Miami Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience (TDOR&R) organizing committee has decided to host TDOR&R entirely online this year, with no live components. This decision was not easy, but as a committee made up entirely of trans and non-binary people, the weight of honoring our murdered and fallen siblings every year is a heavy load to bear. We must consistently challenge ourselves to push back against the ways in which white supremacy and capitalism often force trans/non-binary people into becoming martyrs even in our own movements. If we are ever to make it to a liberated world, where our lives are honored as they should be, we have to take care of ourselves. We must live long enough to see the seeds we have planted grow into the fruit-bearing trees that will nourish future generations. In the words of Clarissa Brooks (@ClarissaMBrooks on Twitter), “I don’t want my body or my back to be the bridge used to build the new world I’ll never get to see.”
This year, we will be honoring our murdered and fallen siblings entirely online through our new landing page (tdorrmiami.com). Here you can find this year’s artist submissions, request a free altar kit to build your own altar at home (this new offering is only for trans and non-binary folks in South Florida, with priority given to Black trans folks), donate to this critical work, and/or view content from last year’s TDOR&R live virtual service. We are also in the process of working on archiving an entire decade of TDOR&R Miami content, which we will unveil on the new site next year.
We hope that you will join us in honoring our murdered and fallen siblings on November 20th, 2021. We hope that you will find ease during these times. And most of all, we hope that you will rest.
Until next year,
The 2021 Miami Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience (TDOR&R) Planning Committee
Logan Meza, Jack Lee Jordan, Mark Houston, LJ Woolston