November 19, 2020
The New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) hosted a Transgender Day of Remembrance Virtual Summit on November 19 and 20. In addition to providing a space to remember those whose lives were lost, the summit was filled with informational, powerful, and inspirational panels and presentations, such as the transmasculine panel "What's the T: Transmen Talk Trauma, Sex Work, and Tina" and a presentation on "Environmental Justice: Advocating for Our Environment in a Post COVID-19 World.”
Many notable individuals were in attendance, including Sen. Brad Hoylman, co-sponsor of the bill to repeal the “Walking While Trans” ban (SB 2253/AB 654). Activist and civil rights attorney Alejandra Caraballo presented and Samuel Nemir Olivares, a progressive activist running for State Committee, also joined the event. Jumaane Williams, the public advocate of NYC, also spoke.
Ceyenne Doroshow, founder and executive director of G.L.I.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society) and DSW consultant, was one of the 2020 recipients of the Marsha P. Johnson Community Leader Award. Upon acceptance, Doroshow exclaimed, “I value you. I value your push. I value your stamina. … You are all capable of building the utopia you want.”