Tag: Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Question After the Vigils: Who’s Next?

Over the past few days, vigils have been held for Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado and Jason Mattison, Jr., the most recent victims of bias crimes. Jorge’s His murderer claimed that when he picked Jorge up, he thought he was a woman; however upon discovering Jorge was biologically male, the man went into a rage. It was a rage so violent that the attacker was burned, decapitated, and dismembered Jorge. Cause of death? HATE.

Jason Mattison, Jr.’s death was no less graphic. After his body was found, it was discovered that he had been raped, gagged with a pillowcase, stabbed repeatedly in the head and throat before his murderer shoved his dead body back into the closet we all struggle so hard to be free of.


November 23, 2009 0

Transgender Day of Remembrance and Ms. Lauryn Farris

What an appropriate day for me to do my first blog on jaysays.com. Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day that we pause to remember those that have been taken from us only for being different. On the 19th the San Antonio Gender Association along with the MCC San Antonio sponsored our Observance.


November 20, 2009 1

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2009 – the Exclusion Question Answered

This year, I attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony at the Metropolitan Community Church (“MCC”) in San Antonio, Texas. The services were planned and hosted by the San Antonio Gender Association (“SAGA”) with the chapel being provided by the MCC. Ms. Lauryn Farris, President of SAGA, told those that it was a celebration of remembrance and of hope.

Ms. Farris spoke of the words of E.B. White:

“I wake up each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world.”


November 20, 2009 5