Trans Love Heals Generations

  • This Trans Day of Resilience, we celebrate the love that makes our trans families bloom. We venerate the trans love that nurtures and protects our trans youth. And we honor the trans love that is rooted in the healing legacies of our transcestors.

    To all the trans parents, children, elders, and chosen kindred, we make this love offering of visionary art celebrating our trans families.

    Artist Spotlight: cozcon

    With this Trans Day of Resilience artwork, I want all trans youth to know: you’re the answer.

    Meet our 2022 TDOR artist cozcon who created three visionary works of art celebrating trans love and families. cozcon is a multidisciplinary artist dedicated to broadening the visual lexicons of black, femme and queer life through work that claims the riches locked up in the exclusionary hubs of contemporary art, design and fashion to reinvest them into imagery that reflects the lived experiences of the marginalized and historically excluded. You can see more of their on Instagram @cozcon.

    Read interview with cozcon Download art

    Trans Love Care Package

    Trans Love Care Packagefor BIPOC Trans Individuals & Organizations

    To all our Black, Indigenous and POC trans parents, children, elders, and chosen kindred, we make this love offering of art celebrating our trans families.

    At the end of the year, we will be sending out Trans Love Care Packages containing beautiful Trans Day of Resilience art project zines, buttons, prints and stickers to the first 1000 trans BIPOC individuals, families and organizations who request art through this form. BIPOC trans-led organizations will additionally receive 11×17 posters to bring some trans love into our community spaces!

    We are no longer accepting submissions for the Trans Love Care Package. Please join our email list and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out about future trans love offerings. We are always open to collaborating with BIPOC trans-led organizations who want to share Trans Love Care Packages with their community — please reach out to us at communications@forwardtogether.org.

    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.

    Honoring Trans Families

    Trans love heals and liberates generations. Earlier this year we collected stories to celebrate the mamas who nurture and protect trans youth and defend the bodily autonomy of the children they love.

    Poetry

    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.

    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).

    Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

     

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    Project Leadership

    Micah Bazant, Cultural Strategist
    cozcon, 2022 TDOR Artist
    Prerna Sampat, Communications & Digital Strategy
    Planning team: Kemi Alabi, Micah Bazant, Jamila Brown, Isabella Baker, Selinda Guererro, Prerna Sampat, ChaKiara Tucker and Cindy Yang
    Web Design and Development: Duende