Last night I was a part of something amazing.
Right here in San Antonio, a group of absolutely wonderful people participated in a 13-hour vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance in front of City Hall with GetEQUAL Texas. We placed shoes on the steps of City Hall to represent all the people we’ve lost to hatred and murder because they were transgender or perceived to be non gender-conforming. We spoke to people on the streets about the importance of acceptance of the trans* community and how the only way to overcome this was education and love.
I was blessed enough to get to lead a march around the building while singing “We Shall Overcome” and it was hard not to be emotional as I heard the beautiful voices of everyone behind me singing along with me. It was definitely one of the most moving experiences of my life.
Earlier in the evening, I got the opportunity to sing at an Interfaith remembrance ceremony at Trinity University. Some wonderful people (who are now wonderful friends of mine) from the trans community spoke and moved me to tears quite a few times. I felt so connected to the world and the gravity of the evening was overwhelmingly moving.
Don’t let there be one more transgender murder. Don’t let there be one more murderperiod. Let’s wipe out hate. There is no place for hate in this world.