When it’s Trans Awareness Week and you are (finally!) Aware.

Screengrab from Revolutionary Girl Utena.

Transphobia as a whole is a settler-colonialist problem.

People of Color across the world celebrate and understand gender differently and have done so for centuries. The gender binary as we know it in America is a by product of the violent way in which Christianity imposed patriarchal gender roles and squashed our sacred practices and our sacred peoples to the point that even our own First Nations communities police and discriminate against us. But not so long ago as my beloved friend, fellow artist and indeed in so many ways a teacher to me, Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul teaches is that Two Spirit People were revered for their deep wisdom and understanding.

Today is Trans Day of Remembrance.

A time where we mourn the loss of our own, we think of all the folks in our community whom we lost this year and every year since colonialism began plaguing our continents and violently subjecting us to their restrictive, backward, capitalistic ways of seeing the world. (Next story in this series will talk more about colonialism/capitalism as Thanksgiving is almost here.)

Remember THIS: The liberation movements of the past were built on the backs of Trans People of Color and without us the liberation movements of the future will surely fail.

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Reverend Leonina Arismendi žarković

Reverend Leonina Arismendi žarković

Social Justice rants, sermons & personal essays.