Updated: Apr 26, 2020
With the world pretty much shut down due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, many people wondered how we would honor the Transgender individuals who are living and shining in their truth. Rev. Debra J. Hopkins wrote up a very special letter, which I will share below, but I also want to spotlight a few organizations here in Charlotte who came together to do a Digital Trans Day of Visibility event online. We hope you'll read the whole blog, but a quick side note, that your support keeps organizations like ours thriving and this is a Trans-led organization. Too often we highlight people after they are gone on Trans Day of Remembrance, so please support and give flowers to elders like Rev. Hopkins while she's alive and thriving and working hard in the community! Thank you. Please Continue reading below...
Three organizations came together to put on this Digital Trans Day of Visibility Event on March 31, 2020: Charlotte Pride, Transcend Charlotte, and Gender Education Network. They honored and recognized Trans individuals and organizations in the community who are making an impact. We are grateful to have been recognized by these wonderful organizations.
Check out the Charlotte Pride page to see many of the other people who are living in their full selves, spreading love and personal truth, progressing the world forward into a better place. We were very impressed with the bios and stories shared.
Here's a letter to all of you on Trans Day of Visibility from Rev. Debra J. Hopkins:
We See You!
Today we still fight to explain that black lives and brown lives still matter regardless of race, gender, socio-economic, sexual orientation and ability status. Hear me, please, my black body is not disposable, my feelings and words are not disposable. My life is not disposable. Amen. The true meaning of Transgender Day of Visibility is that EVERY trans person – specifically trans women of color – should be seen as their full selves. So on this day, I pray that every desire you have is fulfilled; everything you wish for, you receive. I prayer you are seen and esteemed for every intersection that makes up who you are. I wish for you to emerge from your home feeling reborn as the sweet smell of roses fills the streets and the airiness in your steps allow you to glide through the day. Ponytails swing in the wind tightly coiled curls bouncing with every movement, earrings glistening in the sunlight, high heels crunching against the pavement, dresses floating in the air as you sing, my smile is beaming my skin is gleaming, the way it shine I know you see it.
Rev. Debra J. Hopkins, Pastor of Essentials for Life Ministries www.essentialsforlifeministries.org Founder & Director of There’s Still Hope www.tshcharlotte3.org Connect! Equip! Transform!
Thank you for all the work you do, from the team here at There's Still Hope, Charlotte. You are seen and you are honored.