Transgender Day Of Remembrance
Please join Osborne Friday, November 6 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM for our Third Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor the lives of and memories of those whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
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Hosted by Grace Detrevarah, Osborne Association, LGBT Liaison & Peer Educator
Ceyenne Doroshow (pronounced Kai-Ann) is a compassionate powerhouse performer, activist, organizer, community-based researcher and public figure in the trans and sex worker rights’ movements. As the Founder and Executive Director of G.L.I.T.S., she works to provide holistic care to LGBTQ sex workers while serving on the following boards: SWOP-USA, Caribbean Equality Project, SOAR Institute and NYTAG. As an international public speaker, her presentations include The Desiree Alliance, Creating Change, SisterSong, Harm Reduction Coalition and the International AIDS Conferences. She was a featured emcee for Toronto Pride and MOMA/PS1’s Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance, lifting her voice as a trans woman of color. Ceyenne has been heavily featured in the media, has performed on television in Showtime’s OZ, for the documentaries Red Umbrella Diaries and Miss Major.
Known for her skills in the kitchen, Ceyenne co-authored the Caribbean cookbook Cooking in Heels, while incarcerated on prostitution charges. She is currently working on her second book, titled Falling Into the Fire. In 2020, Ceyenne was one of the leaders in the Black Trans Lives Liberation March, catapulting G.L.I.T.S. into receiving million dollar donations to procure sustainable housing for the LGBTQIA+ community: GLITS I SOUTH & The Leadership Academy. 12 individual apartments with leadership, healing and educational services - the catalyst of sustainability, never before seen. Ceyenne has been featured in GQ, Teen Vogue, i-D magazine and many more publications as well as being a Spokesmodel for AdoreMe.
Melania Brown, an activist and sister of Layleen Polanco Extravaganza, an Afro-Latinx trans woman who died in solitary confinement in Rikers Island jail in New York in June 2019. Layleen's case garnered unique attention because of the various circumstances that entangled Layleen in the criminal legal system which led to her death. Layleen was held at Rikers because she could not afford a $500 cash bail, and her death took place amid already growing calls to end cash bail. Layleen was detained at Rikers as a result of a previous charge for survival sex work, amid already growing calls to decriminalize sex work. Layleen was a member of the legendary House of Xtravaganza, one of the best known and longest running Houses of the Ballroom scene. Layleen's death also took place mere days before the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots when many eyes were on New York City. Layleen's death, the ensuing advocacy work led by The New York City Anti-Violence Project resulted in Mayor Bill de Blasio committing to ending solitary confinement in all New York City prisons, which as of publishing date, has not happened. In June 2020, the Bronx DA's office declined to press charges against officials responsible for Layleen's death.
Mik Kinkead (he/him) is a white transgender man who has worked as a staff attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York and as the Director of Prisoner Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP). He currently works as the staff attorney for the Rikers Island Civil Re-Entry Project at The Legal Aid Society. In this capacity Mik provides civil legal services to reduce the collateral consequences of detention and incarceration. He has taught a weekly Know Your Rights class for TGNCNBI people in the NYC jails since the TGNCNBI housing unit opened in 2015 focusing on knowing your rights while incarcerated and making a strong re-entry come-back.
Mik has also taught CLEs across the US on working with TGNCNBI people as colleagues and in prison and jail contexts and has authored or co-authored with incarcerated trans people six publications on TGNCNBI people and their rights in prison and jail contexts. Mik is a member of the New York City Jails Action Coalition and the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement.
Swop Bronx is a nonprofit geared towards helping trans sex workers. Alisha King is a black trans woman, an activist, a mother, and a friend.