Never Forget Them
“I’ve been avoiding writing about Agnes Torres Sulca for almost a month now. For those of you who don’t know, Agnes Torres was a trans* activist in Puebla, Mexico who was found murdered on March 10. Her Twitter account is active until the day of her disappearance, with a link to an interview she did being the final post. Agnes was a psychologist, an activist, and an academic. She was one of the most prominent advocates for Queer people in Mexico, and Mexican authorities went from writing off her death as a crime of passion to stating that the motive behind her murder was the theft of her car, not hatred nor transphobia.
I didn’t want to write about this because I didn’t want to add to the perception that trans* people, especially trans* women, are all victims. I didn’t want to add to that narrative and that perspective, especially if other trans* people are going to internalize it. There’s a strong belief that to be trans* is to be completely powerless, to be dependent on some cis person for support through our lives, and that’s shown in just about every representation of a trans* person that I can think of. Every movie, almost every book, I think with the exception of Leslie Feinberg’s “Drag King Dreams”, has us crying to and leaning on some tolerant cis person who sits by and listens…”
[submitted by kararikue]