In 2005, TransJustice, an all- people of color trans or ga niz ing initiative
at the Audre Lorde Pro ject, or ga nized and led the first annual New York
City Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice.1 Since its in-
ception, the event has taken place on every Friday before New York City’s
Pride weekend in June, with the Dyke March following on Saturday and
the Pride Parade on Sunday. The Trans Day of Action brings together
organizations and individuals from across the New York City area who are
unified around a set of demands centered in racial, economic, and gender
justice. The statement announcing the first Trans Day of Action provided
a stark analy sis of racialized- gendered state vio lence in the United States:
Gender policing has always been a part of the United States’ bloody
history. State- sanctioned gender policing targets Trans and Gender
Non- Conforming [tgnc] people first by dehumanizing our identities.
It denies our basic rights to gender self-determination, and considers
our bodies to be property of the state. Gender policing isolates tgnc
people from our communities, many of which have been socialized
with these oppressive definitions of gender. As a result, we all too
often fall victim to verbal and physical vio lence. This transphobic vio-
lence is justified using medical theories and religious beliefs, and is
perpetuated in order to preserve US heterosexist values.2
The statement goes on to identify many areas of concern, including
the high unemployment rate of people of color, increased targeting of
immigrants through Social Security and dmv policies, the failure of New
York City’s anti- discrimination law to be implemented or enforced by the
Commission on Human Rights, police brutality, and state- sanctioned
mass murder of communities of color, as illustrated by the “blatant gov-
ernmental negligence in the Gulf region during Hurricane Katrina.”
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