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Embracing Trans Joy: A Reflection on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day dedicated to honoring the memories of those who have lost their lives to acts of transphobic violence. It's a day that carries a weight of sorrow and reflection, reminding us of the challenges faced by the transgender community. However, in the midst of this solemnity, I find solace in the work I do as a gender-affirming voice teacher.

I'm driven by a profound belief that the normalization of all aspects of transition can contribute to the broader acceptance of trans individuals in society. Voice training for trans people might not be widely known, as I often hear from people surprised by its existence. Yet, every day, I have the privilege of working with incredible trans students, witnessing the transformative power of finding a voice that aligns with their identity and brings them gender euphoria. It's an experience that defines my life, and I'm eager to share it with others.

Through the normalization of such positive experiences, my hope is that the threat to the lives of trans individuals, particularly trans women of color, can gradually diminish. While Transgender Day of Remembrance rightly draws attention to the alarming rates at which trans lives are lost, I also want to shed light on the importance of celebrating trans joy.

In my videos, I intentionally maintain a light, playful, and joyful tone. It's not just about providing voice training; it's about modeling and normalizing trans joy. Amid the struggles and pain, there is an abundance of joy within the transgender community, and acknowledging and sharing that joy is a crucial aspect of fostering understanding and acceptance.

For those contemplating the daunting journey of transitioning, it's essential to recognize that amidst the disheartening statistics and challenges, a fulfilling and happy life as a trans person is not only possible but achievable. Building a supportive community is key, and there are many of us committed to creating spaces where individuals can thrive, surrounded by understanding friends and family.

If you find yourself uncertain about where you fit in or struggling to connect with your community, take the initiative to build it. The resilience within the transgender community is awe-inspiring, and reaching out to others can be the first step toward finding your own place within it.

For cisgender individuals, Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to go beyond awareness and take meaningful action. Consider making a donation to a trans organization in your area, and most importantly, take the time to check in on and listen to the trans people in your life. Acts of solidarity and support are invaluable in fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society.

As I wrap up today's reflections, I want to send love to every trans person out there. You are seen, you are valued, and your joy matters. In sharing these thoughts, my hope is that we can collectively contribute to a world where trans lives are not just remembered on solemn occasions but celebrated every day.

Hi, I'm Renée! (they/them)

I'm a queer, nonbinary, and disabled singer, songwriter and gender-affirming voice teacher. 

I've been a voice teacher for over twelve years, I have four full-length albums out, and I have degrees in physics, jazz, and songwriting.

I love creating, I love figuring things out, but most of all, I love helping people.

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