No one can argue that the world is often a scary place. Yet, there are also times of love and joy and wonder. Sunday night’s Trans Day of Remembrance Service was one of those moments of wonder and love with a bit of joy shining through. It was particularly poignant in the wake of the Colorado Springs Club Q shootings.
More than 75 people gathered in the room and on Zoom to remember the 33 trans people who were murdered in the U.S. in the past year. We read the names and brief bios of those who’d died and lit candles. We will remember them.
We also shared a moment of gratitude for Barbara Satin and her ministry and leadership, particularly of this service for the last 22 years. We also thanked Marcie Mayer for accepting leadership at the last minute this year.
Then there was a time of sharing from those gathered. One day, if we all commit to the work of Love, calling out and confronting hatred when we encounter it, we will not need this service of remembrance. In the meantime, we continue to remember and honor those who were murdered for living, as Marcie named it, “their authentic lives.”
You might be wondering where the joy was. It was in the very fact that so many folx took time out of their evenings to gather and support the trans community. It was in the moments of gratitude. It was in the moments of sharing.
As you gather for Thanksgiving this week, express your gratitude for the abundance you have. And don’t forget to look for those moments of joy and love so that your gratitude may be deepened and hope can shine brighter in the world.
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