in honor of international day against homophobia and transphobia…until the violence ends

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in honor of international day against homophobia and transphobia…until the violence ends

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/)

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About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, queeries...my prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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