The list of demands read aloud by Bamby Salcedo at the Creating Change conference. Written text below.
Trans People of Color: State of Emergency
Purpose: To bring awareness and attention to the issues of structural violence that continues to kill trans people, particularly trans women of color.
Statement: Brothers and sisters in our community continue to lose their lives to structural, institutional, physical, and relationship violence. We, the trans community, invite the LGBQ and allied institutions at this conference to join us in putting an end to the violence that our community has experienced for many years. We are demanding intentional, meaningful investment in our community’s efforts to eradicate this epidemic.
Funders and organizations, especially LGBT foundations and grantors to intentionally invest in the Trans Community
Support and acknowledge trans leadership to build and foster strength in our power.
Meaningful equity of resources in order to eradicate the economic and health crisis that our brothers and sisters face.
LGBT and ally organizations to hire trans people in leadership positions. We demand for these organizations to be intentionally inclusive and truly provide leadership opportunities for the trans community. If you serve us, you need to include us.
Investments in new and up & coming trans specific organizations and support their work in underserved areas.
Big-tent and anchor organizations to leverage their access to policy makers and funders and use their privilege to support trans-led efforts in eradicating the ongoing structural violence that our community faces
He is half-way through the automatic gesture—taking the cup—when the phrasing dawns on both of them and John freezes, his fingertips touching Sherlock’s around the ceramic circumference that is suddenly, maddeningly, too small. John doesn’t ever think of this; the uncanny ability they usually have, despite years of occupying the same cramped spaces, to avoid touching. John doesn’t ever think of this; his own uncanny ability to remember, acutely and without trying, every single time that they actually have: The average human memory is only sixty-two percent accurate on recall are you alright punch me in the face we’re going to need to cooperate let me by he’s my friend.
There’s nothing for it; you’ll need to learn how to dance.
“It seemed they had always been, and would always be, friends. Time could change much but not that. They were two halves of a whole, sharing a single spirit. It was the spirit of friendship and it was alive and well.”