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Monday, November 19th, 2007
7:31 pm
National Transgender Day of Remembrance 2007 List of the Dead
I apologize to those who have complained about my lack of lj-cut's. Occasionally, I feel the abuse to ya'll's friends pages warranted. This is one of those times. Other times, I'm just a rude idiot. This is not one of those times. Please forgive me.

Many or most of you probably already know this, but tomorrow, November
20, is the National (in the U.S.) Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day
chosen in remembrance of a transwoman who was killed (Rita Hester) in
order for us all to remember those throughout the year who have been
killed or died because of their gender identity or presentation.

Every year, I post the list of that year's dead, that their names might
be known, where possible, and they might be remembered, even if for
just one day. The Greco-Romans believed that immortality was to be found
in the memory of those still living and this was why they considered a
braggart nature a heroic virtue. Let us thus remember these victims,
who have historically suffered great mutilations in the course of their
murder, as if their killers were trying to erase them from the
photograph of existence.

All the victims from all years past may be found on

After the list of the dead follows the details of the San Jose Day of
Remembbrance which I will be attending. If you live in the area of
Silicon Valley, please come. If not, I beg of you to find out where and
when the nearest remembrance is. Many of the dead were alone when they
died, and many believed they would always be alone even while they
lived. Let not their loneliness continue into the chill after death. Let
them be warmed by the fire of our tears, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Whichever of the alphabet soup you are (LGBTQQIA -- Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, or Ally -- the last
meaning "we invite straight, cisgendered (non-trans) folk too"), please do
this for them.

Lacking a specific formula as yet, I merely call upon the mup gods to
look, read, and remember:
Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead.
Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the names of the dead.
Eris, look at the names of the dead.
Antinous, read the names of the dead.
Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead.
Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead.
Azathoth, look at the names of the dead.
Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead.
Inanna, remember the names of the dead.

List of murdered trans people from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007.
For more info see:

www.rememberingourd ead.org/day
============ ========= ========= ========= ==
Nakia Ladelle Baker
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Age: 31 yrs. old
Cause of Death: trauma to the head
Date of Death: January 7, 2007

Hasan Sabeh
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Age: 34 yrs. old
Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad
Date of death: January 11, 2007

Keittirat Longnawa
Location: Rassada, Thailand
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths and then they slit her throat
Date of Death: January 31, 2007

Tatiana (Aldomiro Gomes)
Location: Trani, Italy
Age: 57
Cause of Death: Her skull was bashed in, in the middle of the street
Her head was slammed in a car door.
Date of Death: February 18, 2007

Moira Donaire
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
Age: 30 yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor
Date of Death: March 5, 2007

Michelle Carrasco "Chela"
Location: Santiago, Chile
Age: 54 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Ruby Rodriguez
Location: San Francisco, California
Age: 27 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Erica Keel
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 21 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her
Date of Death: March 23, 2007

Bret T. Turner
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 48 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Date of Death: April 2, 2007

Manuela Di Cesare
Location: Pescara, Italy
Age: 37
Cause of Death: Head smashed by unknown object.
Date of Death: April 21, 2007

Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back
Date of Death: July 7, 2007

Victoria Arellano
Location: San Pedro, California
Age: ?
Cause of Death: She was denied necessary medications to treat
HIV-related side effects.
Date of Death: July 20, 2007

Oscar Mosqueda
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Date of Death: July 29, 2007

Stefania (no found second name)
Location: Roma, Italy
Age: 35
Cause of Death: Violently beaten with skull bashed in.
Date of Death: August 1, 2007

Maribelle Reyes
Location: Houston, Texas
Age: ?
Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment
centers due to her transgender status.
Date of Death: August 30, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


The DeFrank Center Ballroom
938 The Alameda San Jose CA

The evening will focus on highlighting the substantial progress made in
understanding and protecting transgender people.

Speaking at the event will be Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director of the
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Danielle Castro of
TransPowerment, Shelly Prevost, Director of the powerful film "Trained in the way of
men", Reverend Sky Anderson of the San Jose Metropolitan Community
Church and Sylvia Guerrero, The mother of Gwen Araujo.

The evening will conclude with a reading of names for those who lost
their lives due to hate crimes this past year.

For more details please go to: www.reelfreedom.com/DOR_info_2007.htm
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
12:51 pm

The TAG encampment at Burning Man Decompression 2006 went fabulously. I'll have a lot more thoughts to share on the event soon, but suffice it to say we put our best face forward, met a lot of people, had a kick-ass art installation, and had a blast!

click here for more scenes from TAG DecompressionCollapse )
You can see the rest of my photos from the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/metaphorge/sets/72157594321167926/ .

Special thanks to dangerine, espiritkat, tyrsalvia, vega_33, veleda and LJ-less Zahra for contributing art for our altar. Special thanks also go out to espiritkat, tyrsalvia and veleda for working with me on set-up and tear down, and apoundofflesh, feyonna, krimhum, and Zahra for joining us in manning the encampment and helping the Decompressed Burners send their Hopes and Fears to the elements for prompt magickal servicing.
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
7:21 pm
TAG @ Decompression (the road to the Playa 2007):
We submitted the proposal for TAG's Decompression installation today:
Our theme camp is doing an interactive art installation that bridges the 2006 and 2007 themes. As you walk up to the installation, you come across a painted version of a Fibonaccci sequence rose that is drawn in front of a three-tiered interactive piece. Around the rose is written the words “Love is the Law”. The bottom tier of the installation consists of art altars representing a rainbow of hopes and fears in the 8 primary facets of human experiences. These currents of can be seen as aspects of life, planes of existence, values, magickal methodologies, psychological states, or currents of energy.

Purple Current: sexuality, intuition, emotion, subconscious, addiction
Red Current: war, will, fortitude, power, strength, anger
Orange Current: intellect, logic, science, innovation, rationalization, depersonalization
Blue Current: wealth, abundance, values, expansion, greed, poverty
Green Current: relationships, self-esteem, sensuality, love, pleasure, loneliness, insecurity
Black Current: death, discipline, transformation, mortality, physica lillness, loss
Yellow Current: illumination, charisma, harmony, beauty, art, arrogance, superficiality
Octarine Current: Hopes and Fears regarding the future of humanity, unity/separation

Each altar consists of a variety of art pieces including a collage which names and illustrates the hopes and fears humanity collectively experiences in life. Each person is instructed to choose one aspect o ftheir life they want to work on. Each altar has a tablet of paper on it and a six-sided die. The person writes down their hopes and fears regarding that aspect of their life and rolls the die. Each die number corresponds to a power on the top and middle tier. The person rolls the die to see what path they should take to overcome their fear or manifest their hope.

We chose to work with the five elements as they are long associated with the powers of our planet and link us to the Green Man theme for 2007 bringing into play ideas of integration, wholeness, and connection with the earth. Each altar is a combination of a collage piece illustrating the powers both external and internal that a person can call on to help them overcome their fear/manifest their hope.

Earth: health, wealth, sustainability, fortitude, discipline
Air: insight, inspiration, pattern, mind, communication, etc.
Fire: passion, power, change, life, direction, etc.
Water: emotion, love, flow, unity, peace, etc.
Spirit: illumination, transcendence, inner divinity, synthesis, integration
Each of these altars is linked to a sense. The person places their hope/fear on the elemental altar and takes the power of that element into themselves through a sensory experience.

Spirit = Hearing - chimes
Fire = Sight – optical illusions
Water = Taste - Incense
Air = Smell – flowers
Earth = Touch – bowl of earth

At the pinnacle of the altar is a mirror and the words “I am God, You are God, We are all God” as a reminder to all of us that we are all sparks of divine light and that each of us is empowered to create the universe as we see it.
Huge kudos to veleda for the excellent summarization.

Assuming the Org grants our space request, we'll see you at Decompression 2006!

SUNDAY October 8th Indiana St.
bet. Mariposa and 22nd St

Starts at 12pm SHARP til 12 am
12 hrs of art on 6 blocks and a new chill-out park!
Most sound ends at 10pm on street; we hope to go until 11pm at Mariposa St. Stage

Main Entrance: 19th and Minnesota Shine or Rain
$10 donation in Black Rock Couture; $20 in streetwear
All ages outdoors (kids under 12 free)
21+ inside Cocomo (closes 1:30 am)

In other TAG news, m0usegrrl and I have been hard at work on the revised TAG Seal, so watch for it soon.
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