First annual Trans Immigrants Day honors the lives and legacies of trans women
The first annual Trans Immigrants Day honors trans people who died too soon, and vows to fight like hell for the living. Launched by the organizations Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement and the Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project (BLMP), the first annual Trans Immigrants Day will take place May 31, preceded by a week of action beginning May 25 that includes banner drops, webinars about issues impacting trans immigrant communities, and a May 29 candlelight vigil in New York City honoring the life of Lorena Borjas, a trans immigrant activist who died March 30 of COVID-19. Borjas was a pillar in New York’s Queens community, where she helped trans women get tested for HIV, bailed out sex workers, and ran a nonprofit that helped provide legal representation to immigrants facing deportation.
According to Oluchi Omeoga, a national organizer with BLMP, too often the immigrants’ rights movement forgets about LGBTQ+ people—especially Black LGBTQ+ immigrants—and the LGBTQ+ movement treats undocumented immigrants as an afterthought, if it thinks of them at all. BLMP and Familia unapologetically center LGBTQ+ immigrants, and honor the leadership of trans immigrants, the organizer told Prism.