#TDOR (Nov. 20) Why I must come out | Geena Rocero

This is one of the most moving TED talk I’ve ever watched. This made me think… really think. There’s so much stuff in my head right now. Authenticity, prejudice, discrimination, acceptance, respect, etc., etc., etc. I’m having a moment of self-reflection. This talk really cut… deep.


I discovered Geena Rocero when I blogged about the Fil-Am History Month celebration at the White House. She was one of the panelists. I’ve never heard of her but I was impressed and I found out that she’s also an activist and an advocate, just like myself. So I became curious. I checked her out. I found out that Rocero is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and aid organization that stands up for the right of transgender people worldwide to “self-identify with the fewest possible barriers”. She is transgender.


You may have seen photos of New York city based supermodel Geena Rocero before. If not, she will show you some of them during her moving Ted talk. Beautiful and striking, Rocero signed to Next Models, she has worked with Rimmel Cosmetics, Hanes, and many other fashion and beauty companies. However, her journey to that day when, at the age of 21, she was discovered by a photographer and her work as an activist for the transgender community in the 12 years since are truly worth of admiration. March 31st, is International Transgender Day of Visibility and it is the day that Geena Rocero has chosen to “come out” as transgender. Watch her Ted talk below and you can read up on Gender Proud, an advocacy and awareness campaign founded by Geena in hopes of advancing the rights of all transgender individuals. (Source: TED Talk

When fashion model Geena Rocero first saw a professionally shot photo of herself clad in a bikini, she was beside herself. “I thought…you have arrived!” she says proudly. This might not be the typical experience, but, as Rocero reveals, that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” In a moving and personal talk, Rocero finds that transgender activism is giving her a whole new sense of pride and purpose. (Source: TED Talk


What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance? #TDOR

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an annual observance on November 20th that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate.  Additionally, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week , prior to TDoR, to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.


The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist/advocate, as a vigil to honor and to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998, in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on 20 November, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.







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