Tuesday, November 18, 2008

more news, stuff on thursday, etc

AJ hates bein a Debbie Downer, but he thinks its sort of useful to try to keep up with this stuff:

Teish Cannon, a black transwoman living in Syracuse, was shot and killed last Friday night; community and family members agree she was targeted because of her gender identity/perceived sexual orientation. Much of the news coverage has been referring to Cannon as a gay man, though HRC (in their recent statement) and others working with the family are trying to correct this.

Also, AJ has been meaning to post this article from the Aurora Sentinel (Aurora, CO is where AJ's maternal grandparents lived for a long time!) on the recent death of transwoman Aimee Wilcoxson, whose alleged "suicide" is being questioned by her friends and family (the last sentence of the article is pretty much the saddest thing AJ has ever seen).



This Thursday, November 20th is the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and if you live in New York, or even if not, Jack at Feministe has posted some recommendations for action, including Housing Works' upcoming vigil and the Day of Remembrance at the Center.

If you live in the Twin Cities, where we are comparatively bereft of progressive POC-oriented intersectional queer organizing, you can still go to the Day of Remembrance service at the Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ (2930 13th Ave South), at 7:00 this Thursday. The Trans Commission at the U is also apparently planning a "collaborative art and information display" which will be in Coffman Union from 11:30 - 1:30 on the same day if you're into that sort of thing.



AJ wishes all of his readers peace in struggle!

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