White in Memoriam

Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov. 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov. 20

Wimminwise is draped in white today, the color of funerals and memorials in China, to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. (We use white this year, where we used black last year, to remind ourselves and our readers that our use of symbols, even the cultural symbolism of color, matters — and that even in our world, it is not the case that one color must always, everywhere, represent the negative.)

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is being observed on the Louisville Seminary campus today in two events: a panel discussion of “Transgender Experiences of Faith Communities,” 12:30-1:30, in Winn Center; and a Memorial Service that names and remembers transgender lives lost to violence during the past year, 7:00 p.m., in Caldwell Chapel. A reception follows, in Winn Center Lounge, during which the 2008 Butterfly Award for outstanding contributions to the local transgender community will be presented. [More on these events]

We observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance because we believe that every human life, made and given by God, is precious. Every human life deserves our recognition — recognition of our kindred humanity, our relationship, and our responsibility. No human life is disposable, no human life negligible — although the powers of the air* would have us believe otherwise. In naming and remembering individuals who have died — been killed — because of their gender presentation, we affirm our common humanity (. . . the communion of saints . . .), and our faith that death is not the final verdict (. . . the resurrection of the body . . .), but that a gracious God makes and gives life anew ( . . . and the life everlasting . . .).

* Eph. 2:2

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