Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-09-18
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Brave Space Alliance holds transgender anti-violence rally
by Vern Hester

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

On Sept. 21, Brave Space Alliance held a rally in front of Trump Tower at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Wacker Drive to address the ongoing epidemic of murder towards transgender women of color.

The event, called "#SayHerName," was meant as a wake-up call following the death of transgender woman Dejanay Stanton, who was found dead with a bullet in the head in an alley in Chicago. Stanton was the 17th trans female resident in the United States to be murdered this year—and the number has increased since then.

Speaking to the crowd that numbered about 100, trans woman and activist Stephanie Skora said, "There have been so many [this year] that I have lost track ... but I can tell you: The trans community—we own our dead." She also said, "When a cis man or cis woman gets murdered, people hit the streets in hours. When a trans individual dies, nobody will claim them. When we want people to say, 'trans lives matter,' we want them to mean it. Our deaths deserve marches, too; we deserve to shut down highways, too [referring to Rev. Michael Pfleger's anti-gun rally that closed sections of the Dan Ryan Expressway and Lake Shore Drive this summer]. I want to make sure that trans women are included in this outrage." Skora concluded, "There would be no gay civil rights without trans women [of color]. Trans women have always been at the forefront."

Brave Space Alliance CEO LaSaia Wade said, "This is for our sisters who are afraid to come out. ... We would have more people here, but people are afraid to come out." Addressing cis allies, Wade said, "You want us to stand by your side but you refuse to respect us and stand by ours? We are not asking for handouts saying 'please, please, pretty please.' I am the CEO of our own organization on the South Side of Chicago and we have the right to say how we want it, if we want it and if we don't want it." She then asked those present, "When you leave this space, what are you going to do? How are you going to support?"

Activist Karari Olvera Orozco said to the crowd, "I'm 34 years old. The life expectancy for trans women of color is 35, and you may be marching for me next year." Orozco pointed out that in this situation, "It does not matter who is in the White House; it matters who is on the streets."

At the close of the rally, those in attendance observed a moment of acknowledgement for victims by reciting their names in unison followed by the phrase, "Say her name." The names of the victims included London Moore, Diamond Stephens, Sasha Garden, Keisha Wells, Catalina Christina James, Antash'a English, Amia Tyrae Berryman, Tonya Harvey, Phylicia Mitchell, Vontashia Bell, Shantee Tucker, Celine Walker, Janelle Ortiz, Roxanna Hernandez, Vicky Gutierrez, Dejanay Stanton and Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien.

Other speakers at the event included activists Tanya Cordova and Toni Marie Preston .

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Township High District 211 board of education to discuss trans students, restrooms 2019-09-19 - PALATINE, Ill. —September 19, 2019— Tonight at their September board meeting, Township High School District 211 board of education will discuss ending their ...

Gay News

4th Circuit urged to to uphold crder preventing discharge of HIV-positive airmen 2019-09-18 - ( Richmond, VA, September 18, 2019 ) — Today, lawyers for two active-duty Airmen who are living with HIV urged a three-judge panel ...

Gay News

Report shatters stereotypes of lives of LGBT people of color in rural areas 2019-09-18 - ( September 19, 2019 ) Des Moines, IA—Media coverage often portrays rural America as singularly white, conservative and working-class. Yet at least 10 ...

Gay News

LGBTQ center kicks off local chapter with economic justice summit 2019-09-18 - With a vision to build a queer and trans movement for economic justice, the National LGBTQ Workers Center organized Chicago's LGBTQ Economic Justice ...

Gay News

WORLD Gay leaders, Mexican trans women, Czech marriage bill 2019-09-17 - In a notable meeting between two out heads of government, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg hosted his counterpart from Serbia, Ana Brnabic, ...

Gay News

Youth auditions for Christmas Carol Sept. 21 2019-09-17 - The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., is holding youth auditions for A Christmas Carol on Saturday, Sept. 21. In-person registration will be ...

Gay News

South Side workshop for survivors of sexual harm 2019-09-17 - The Surviving the Mic Writing Workshop series is designed for survivors of sexual harm. The two-hour workshop will present written and/or performance ...

Gay News

Arizona Supreme Court grants Phoenix stationary shop license to discriminate 2019-09-16 - (Phoenix, AZ, September 16, 2019) — The Arizona Supreme Court today issued a 4-3 decision reversing a lower court ruling that had denied ...

Gay News

Arizona court allows studio to refuse LGBT customers 2019-09-16 - On Sept. 16, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the owners of Phoenix's Brush & Nib Studio do not have to create invitations ...

Gay News

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor talks new children's book at W&CF event 2019-09-12 - Women & Children First hosted a reading and conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor about her new children's book—Just Ask!: Be ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.