Beginning in 2004, the “International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia” has been commemorated on May 17 in an effort to lift up the experiences of LGBT people worldwide, a call to action for people to counter the violence we experience, and to form solidarity across international lines. IDAHOT, as the day is known for short, is the “Global Day to Celebrate sexual and gender diversities” … a celebration of expression in its many forms to counter, resist, and transform the violence against all who live and love beyond the norm. Below is a video from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, the clip reflects V-Day’s efforts to become more inclusive of the experiences of Trans Women. I wanted to share in honor of IDAHOT’s theme for 2014 “Freedom of Expressions,” a day to proclaim our voices, monologues, rants, raves, memes, art, songs, chants, symbols, and actions in support of the free expression of ALL people of ALL genders and orientations worldwide. “They tried to beat the boy out of my girl, or at least they tried” reflects the power of story telling…a story both of hardship but also the inspirational and transgressive power of the human spirit.
A little bit about the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia…
featured image from the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/freedom-of-expressions/)