Just rocks, but they make up a majestic landscape that inspire awe. Built over 570 million years ago from beneath the seabed, now standing tall throughout the test of time. Human life and issues do seem small and transient in comparison.. gotta live and let live.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance- a day observed to commemorate transgender individuals who have lost their lives as a result of violence. In the 1980s, the Rio Grande Valley saw the growth of a visible transgender and gender non-conforming community, mostly centered around downtown Brownsville and McAllen’s 10th Avenue nightclub. Then- as now- transgender individuals (and especially transgender women of color) were often at high risk for violence and many members of this community were killed in a string of possibly related, unsolved hate crimes in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Most of those killed were trans women and others were what might be considered gender fluid or nonconforming while others identified as gay men. Estimates vary but at least ten people were murdered during this time period. Many feared that a “serial killer” was targeting queer and trans individuals in the Valley. This wave of violence struck fear throughout the community and also sparked anger among many who felt that the police were not doing enough to investigate because of the identities of the victims. Most of the individuals who were murdered were misgendered in articles in news sources that covered their deaths. The first picture in this post is from an article from a Houston newspaper from circa 1990.
One of the trans women murdered was Candy Red. Candy is remembered by many who knew her for her natural beauty, bold attitude, her courage for coming out at a young age, and for being a support to other women struggling with coming out and transitioning at the time. Candy’s death shook the community and remains unsolved. The second image is of a flier advertising one of Candy’s shows at 10th Avenue- where she would sometimes perform.
This Transgender Day of Remembrance let us honor those who have lost their lives and remember that violence against trans and gender non-conforming people continues to be an all-too common occurrence and do what we can to work towards a world without transphobia where violence like this no longer occurs.
Pakistan Spring Blossom Photography Tour 2019
10D9N Pakistan Spring Blossom photography tour 5th-14th April 2019. Min. 6 paxs to go, Max. 14 paxs.
Hi my friends, you are invited to join this trip for the beautiful Spring Blossom, scenic view of mountains range and valleys. Non-photography companions are welcome too.
On location guidance shall be provided. Subject to weather condition and situations beyond our control.
Please feel free to contact me for more info if keen.