7 Questions – Ineda
As I post this, it is Transgender Day of Remembrance. I have ambivalent feelings about TDOR. I understand the importance of elevating awareness of the violence trans people face, particularly trans women of color and sex workers, and honoring those who have fallen, but it hasn’t been clear to me how many of the various TDOR events, or the groups organizing them, are actually working with or for those most at risk at becoming a name in next year’s services.
One of several important exceptions that we’d like to bring attention to is This is HOW, an incredible organization in Phoenix that takes a truly comprehensive approach to crisis intervention for the transgender population. I cannot overstate the importance of efforts like this to directly provide resources to those most in need. We should all honor the dead tonight, but let’s also remember tomorrow to do the real work of helping the living.
Previous 7 Questions contributor Toni is the Executive Director and has encouraged others in the TIH community to participate in the 7 Questions project, and we’re truly honored to share their videos, beginning with Ineda, a proud trans Polynesian woman and former drag queen who has learned to hold her head high. In addition to a fantastic laugh, Ineda has a fantastic idea about connecting generations of trans people, and I’d love to know if anyone is aware of existing efforts along those lines.
Look for more submissions from This is HOW over the next few days. Thank you Ineda!