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.

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.

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

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