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Statement from Rev. Peter Morales on International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Statement from Rev. Peter Morales on International Transgender Day of Remembrance

“Living authentically takes courage, strength, and above all, faith,” said Rev. Paul Langston-Daley, in an email to supporters of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Standing on the Side of Love campaign.

His words resonate with me, because they are at once encouraging, yet terribly sad. Sad because as Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith commemorate International Transgender Day of Remembrance, I am reminded that in a society still clinging to rigid ideas about gender, our brothers and sisters who are gender non-conforming risk their very lives just to honor their authentic selves.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Living into Solidarity

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Living into Solidarity

On the eve of Trans Day of Remembrance 2014, Standing on the Side of Love’s Campaign Coordinator Nora Rasman sat down with Lourdes Ashley Hunter, co-founder and National Director of Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) to talk about action, solidarity, healing and more. To see resources as you reflect and take action for Transgender Day of Remembrance click here.

Tell us about yourself. Who is Lourdes Ashley Hunter?

Well, just a little.  I am originally from Detroit, MI and recently relocated to Washington D.C. from NYC where I spent 12 years working in grassroots community organizing and non-profit management.  I’m an orator, researcher, dismantler of oppressive systems.  I have a degree in Social Theory, Structure and Change with concentrations in Race, Class and Gender Studies and a MPA.  I also love to cook, watch science fiction movies and drink wine.