June 28 is Trans Day of Action. It is a day for the transgender and gender non-conforming folks and their allies to rally for trans rights and liberation. At Apicha CHC, honoring and fighting for our trans staff, clients, friends, and families matters to us.
What is Trans Day of Action?
This Trans Day of Action marks the 16th year of the rally, and also falls on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. TDOA is hugely important to the TGNC community, because they continue to face higher rates of discrimination, violence, and stigma than their LGB counterparts.
Violence against the transgender community
TDOA is similar to Transgender Day of Remembrance, but focuses on taking action and rallying for trans and GNC rights. And as the Black Lives Matter movement continues to gain momentum, it's important to recognize the intersectionality of BLM and protecting trans women and men.
TDOA is a time to honor and remember the trans community, and those who have died at the hands of transphobic violence -- especially trans Black women. In 2020, at least 16 trans people have been killed. And in the last two months, we have seen far too much death and violence against Black trans folks. The brutal beating of Iyonna Dior, a Black trans woman in Minnesota, which was captured on video. The unjust murders of Tony McDade, Riah Milton, and Dominqiue "Rem'Mie" Fells -- all Black trans people -- have garnered significant national recognition. New footage regarding the suspicious death of Black trans woman Layleen Polanco while imprisoned on Rikers Island jail in 2019 has come forward -- and we are still left with no answers and no justice.
These trans deaths are not new. Over the years, we continue to see trans folks die at the hands of transphobic violence -- not including unreported cases. In 2019, at least ten trans women have been killed, a majority of them being trans Black women. And in 2018, at least 26 trans women were known to have been killed. Needless to say, violence against the transgender community continues to be a tragic reality.
How are safe environments like Apicha CHC crucial for the Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Community?
Since 2011, Apicha CHC has served transgender and gender non-conforming patients for comprehensive primary care and support. The Trans Health Clinic has evolved over the years to not only provide the TGNC community much needed medical services, but also a welcoming environment where people can be themselves without fear of violence, shame, and discrimination. This fact has made our premises not only a safe place to be healthier physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
We as a staff show a caring spirit and embrace understanding to everyone’s gender identity and expression. And, Apicha has participated in bringing the community to a public space, reviving the hope many have lost in the hands of bullying and violence.
However, as we continue our mission and still face bigger challenges with a positive attitude, we are still witnessing precious lives vanishing in the shadows of despair, cyber-attacks, bullying, domestic violence, and intolerant aggressive behavior year after year.
We must honor the lives lost and fight tirelessly to protect the precious lives of the transgender and gender non-conforming people that light up this world.
What Apicha CHC can do for you:
Apicha Community Health Center’s Transgender Health Clinic does everything it can to overcome these barriers. We are committed to providing whole person Primary Medical Care to address the distinct needs of transgender and gender non-conforming, gender variant and genderqueer individuals.
Our Transgender Health services include:
- Personalized Primary Care
- Routine Check-Up and Immunizations
- Initiation and Maintenance of Hormone Therapy
- Short-Term Mental Health Services
- Care Management
- Transgender Groups
If you're interested in getting complete, competent medical care, click here to request an appointment at Apicha Community Health Center today.