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!



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3 comments for “7 Questions – Ineda

  1. Ineda
    November 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I am truely truely honored. During the TDOR event here in Phoenix Sunday Nov 18th. A young beautiful trans girl of color approached me and gave me a big hug. She recalled earlier this year running into me on the city bus. She hadn’t started her transition due to all the fears she had. She over heard me talking to another fellow bus rider about what it is to be trans. That we are not freaks and that no matter what, the god that I love, loves me and accepts me for who I am. Because of this, She found the courage to start her transition and her journey to finding her true self. I just hugged her back and I couldn’t hold back the tears. That is why I am who I am. I don’t want to pass. I am trans. I am not a female. But I am a woman.

  2. Jenna Meyer
    November 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Nice video. WE are all the same as you, We breath, bleed, cry, laugh, love, and die like everyone else. I do cherish being trans for the way it has changed the way I view the world and the compassion I have for humanity. Way to go Ineda.

  3. Noah
    November 29, 2012 at 5:14 am

    What a wonderful contribution, Ineda. I think it’s great to hear from someone who is not living by pronouns. It is refreshing, and it’s important for other trans* people to have this voice to connect to. You have a lovely energy.

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