Transgender Day of Remembrance Service 2015
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day that occurs annually on November 20 to remember those who have succumbed as a result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people) and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
Like the previous years, Free Community Church (FCC) will be having a special service to mark TDoR. The theme for this special service held this year on 22 November 2015 (Sunday) is “TLGB”. Putting the “T” in front is, though symbolic as an event name, also significant of the importance to put the needs of the gender non-conforming communities at the forefront.
Join us, as a panel of invited speakers – from both the transgender and gender-neutral communities – share their stories. We will also use this opportunity to touch on issues concerning the intersex community as well.
No one is free, unless all of us are.
1) Christopher Khor, Some Reassembly Required
Christopher is a young filmmaker and is working on Some Reassembly Required, Singapore’s first documentary about transgender men. He’s passionate about social causes, and hopes to raise the visibility of transgender people in Singapore. He also spends a lot of time trying to grow a proper beard.
2) Sherry SherQueShaa, Project X
Sherry is a transgender woman who is working with Project X (a Singapore non-profit organization fighting for the rights of sex workers) as a researcher and writer. Being both a transwoman and a Muslim humanist has given her a greater exposure to issues and motivates her to continue her advocacy work for this marginalized community.
3) Tricia Leong
Tricia Leong is a transwoman who believes that even though Transgender Day of Remembrance is in its 18th year since its founding in 1998, the situation has not gotten better for the community. Tricia draws her motivation from Kate Bornstein and is inspired to be a transgender warrior.
4) Mich Chow
Mich, a pre-testosterone, pre-operation transman who is still constantly exploring, has been attending FCC since March 2014 and has not attended any other church regularly prior. All his life, Mich has felt that something was different but could not pinpoint it – and realizes eventually he’s indeed different, yet not alone. Nowadays, Mich is busy being authentic and working towards a truer self. He has no particular preference to any specific pronoun to address him, so long as there is still love and understanding in this world.
Alex has been attending FCC since 2012 and identifies as gender neutral. Alex’s preferred pronouns to be addressed is “they” and “Mx” (pronounced as Mix) as an honorific. Alex also plans to be a member of the church this year and is very much looking forward to it.
1) Pauline Ong, FCC
Pauline is one of the pastors at FCC. She is passionate about nurturing the spiritual and emotional growth of individuals and communities. She believes everyone is loved by God regardless of identity or orientation.