Honoring Trans Lives, Dreaming of Trans Freedom

Art below created by our partner Trans Student Wellness Initiative at UC Berkeley

Never forget your power. With art as our portal, we can imagine and femifest the world we deserve. May trans people of color everywhere see ourselves safe and cherished, rested and healed, fully alive.
Let’s dream and shape an irresistible future together.

Experience the Trans Day of Resilience art and poetry, then share it with those who need it most today.

Events & Actions

Genderpalooza: Visionary Blitz

An interactive game show and performance

2-5pm PST, Friday, November 20

Watch the recording on Facebook

It’s “Wild N’ Out” meets “Whose Line Is It Anyway” meets a whole lot of BIPOC trans joy! Let’s honor trans lives, celebrate trans existence, revel in trans resilience, and instigate a beautiful, radical trans future on Trans Day of Resilience and Remembrance!

Hosted by L’lerrét Ailith, the event features BIPOC trans visionaries including Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd, Wriply Bennet, Vita E, xoài pham, Hunter Shackelford, Mia S. Willis, SA Smythe and live art by Art Twink.

ASL interpretation and live captioning were provided.

Zine

Trans People Exist in the Future: A Zine of Art + Poetry Celebrating Trans Resilience

Trans People Exist in the Future

Art and poetry celebrating trans resilience

Trans people of color deserve a world of safety, support and love. Imagine this world through our collection of original art and poetry. Free to download, the zine includes ten poems, selected art from seven years of the Trans Day of Resilience art project, and prompts to fuel your own dreaming.

About

Founded with the Audre Lorde Project in 2014, the Trans Day of Resilience art project is an annual love offering to trans people of color everywhere. Led by Forward Together, its current name and spirit emerged from a 2015 call from New Orleans trans justice organization BreakOUT! to celebrate the resilience of our trans family.

November 20 marks Trans Day of Remembrance, an annual memorial for our murdered kin. The day gives us space to grieve the siblings—overwhelmingly Black trans women and femmes—who were pushed out of this world too soon.

Our rebellious mourning recommits us to the living. We refuse to forget or forfeit our power, even in the face of epidemic violence. We remember: we are pure possibility. Our freedom dreams could set the whole world free.

With art as our portal, we imagine and femifest the world we deserve. May this project, for and by trans people of color, help us see ourselves safe and cherished, rested and healed, fully alive. Let’s dream and shape an irresistible future together.

For press inquiries, please contact ChaKiara Tucker at chakiara@forwardtogether.org.

Transgender Student Wellness Initiative at UC Berkeley

The Transgender Student Wellness Initiative (TSWI) is a student-driven and community-centered program supporting trans and nonbinary students at UC Berkeley. They create and nurture community through dinners, music and art evenings, workshops, art collections, resource disbursements and more. This year, TSWI partnered with former TDOR artists Amir Khadar, Colin Laurel and Art Twink to create gorgeous work celebrating trans people of color. Follow them on Instagram @TSWIBerkeley.

Artists

Amir Khadar

Amir Khadar is a Sierra Leonean-American multidisciplinary artist and educator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their main mediums are digital art, writing, and fiber art. Regardless of the outlet, their practice has always been grounded through afro-futurism, black beauty, and ancestral practices. They have done extensive work with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Forward Together, Parenting for liberation, and Wakanda Dream Lab. Amir is currently a student at Swarthmore College.
@amir.khadar | amirkhadar.com

Art Twink

Art Twink grew up drawing critters they thought up to comfort themselves and their friends, and that mission continues to this very day. Through themes of queer pride, disability justice & decolonization they work to create worlds where marginalized folks can feel celebrated.
@art_twink | arttwink.com

Colin Laurel

Colin Laurel is a Black trans illustrator working in editorial, licensing, posters, and social justice. Throughout his work, he explores identity, culture, mental health and advocates for self-help through making art. Colin hopes that his practice will inspire others to use creative solutions as a means for therapy and liberation. He has worked with Adobe, the New York Times, Icebreaker, Media Res Studio, UC Berkeley, Poetry Foundation, and organizations such as Forward Together, Trans Justice Funding Project, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. He lives in Portland and adores his cat.
@folklaurel | colinlaurel.com

Glori Tuitt

Glori Tuitt is a Painter and Illustrator based in the Bronx, New York. A graduate from Purchase College with her B.F.A in Painting + Drawing her work focuses on the intersections of race, religion and pop culture in relation to the cultivation of identity. She is dedicated to the centering of Black trans bodies in the arts, hoping that her practice will return rightful ownership of the trans form. Ultimately seeking to both deify and humanize the Black trans experience.
@glorifice_ | glorituitt.com

Kah Yangni is a self-taught illustrator and muralist living in Philadelphia, PA. They make heartfelt art about justice, queerness, and joy. Their clients include the New York Times, Vice, BUST Magazine, the Movement for Black Lives, Rock the Vote, the National Women’s Law Center, the Transgender Law Center, and others. They’ve presented their work for the Poster House in NYC and the RISD Museum, and their work has been featured in Them, Bustle, Hyperallergic, and Colorlines.
@kahyangni | kahyangni.com

Download Art

Browse and download 7 years of Trans Day of Resilience artwork

TERMS OF USE: This art is free and available for you to use to spread a message of social justice. We welcome you to reproduce it and share it in your community. Please do not alter the image in any way and or offer these images for sale. Do not use or reprint the image in a publication or for commercial or institutional purposes without the permission of Forward Together. If you share the art on social media please tag Forward Together (@fwdtogether on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).

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Project Leadership

L’lerrét Ailith, Event Director and Echoing Ida Manager
Kemi Alabi, Writing Director (website and zine) and Cultural Strategy Director
Micah Bazant, Art Director and Artist in Residence
Planning team: Diana Lugo-Martinez, Prerna Sampat, Maria Santos, Vivek Bharathan, Bianca Campbell, Emma Martinez
Web Design and Development: Duende