Today, Remembrance. Tomorrow, Action.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance that honors transgender people lost to violence. This year alone, our community has lost no fewer than 22 transgender people in the U.S., most of whom Black transgender women. The true number is likely greater, as these stories often go misreported or not reported at all.
Today is a day of remembrance – a solemn moment to reflect on what our community has lost. But let tomorrow, and all days that follow, be days of action. We must continue working toward a world where transgender folks, especially trans women of color, live freely and fully.
Philanthropy can play an important role in advancing this world. That’s why, earlier this year, Horizons signed the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities Pledge, formalizing our ongoing commitment to increase our support for trans communities through our grantmaking and beyond. Our grantee partners include a number of trans-focused organizations in the SF Bay Area, such as:
- St. James Infirmary, a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers, many of whom transgender women of color
- El/La Para TransLatinas, which provides resources, fosters personal development, and creates community for translatinas
- Transgender Gender-variant and Intersex Justice Project, which works inside and outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers to create a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom
- Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, which works to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people