From discussions with friends, consultations with allies and family, the idea of this initiative was born. A year ago amid pomp and funfair our first copy was released online on this day. It was not and it still isn’t a coincidence that we celebrate the birth of Queerstion on this day which is also Trans day of visibility.
Visibility is a political act, at best it empowers many at worst it awekens hostility but then again silence breeds misery. Today and everyday we celebrate Transdiverse people in all our diversity.
In this second issue dubbed TUPO Swahili for (We exist) we reached out to many Transdiverse people in different parts of the world. From Washington to Harare Transdiverse individuals shared inspiring truths. Trandiverse people from various backgrounds and experiences reflect on visibility, what it means to them as individuals and in their organising as activists. Sincere appreciation to all who contributed.
To our allies, familes who support and continue to stand with us, we are grateful. To those who do not want to see us, or pretend not to see us, we see you, we are everywhere, everyday, we exist.(vi finns, tupo, tiripo!)
Today as we join the Transdiverse communities across the globe, speaking out against all forms of injustices and Transphobic violence, we stand in solidarity with and remember our siblings who cant because their voices are gagged and threatened by hostile governments, repressive laws and oppressive norms.
We call upon states to observe the human rights of Transdiverse people and societies to respect and treat Transdiverse people with dignity .
To fellow Transdiverse siblings let us continue challenging the erasure of our voices remembering that there is no single Trandiverse* narrative we are all valid, we matter and TUPO!