Transgender Day of Remembrance – Interview with Rusty Rose
By Hollis Taylor
Sister Space 2016 – A Women’s Event with Trans Acceptance!? Yes they exist! At least they are trying to be inclusive at their event and welcoming a transgender presence. I had an intense experience myself as a GenderQueer/Androgyne – but in a good way. I felt like I educated, opened minds and made some friends and allies. A truly positive experience since I was sort of hesitant at first when I danced with the idea of applying our services at the event. They welcomed us with full knowledge I was GenderQueer with no questions or judgement. I was delightfully surprised to say the least to attend the event with a good receiving from the majority of the attendees. There was great music and artists posted on Instagram and a variety of great workshops and activities. The absolute BEST PART though was meeting Rusty Rose, keep scrolling – check out the videos if you like women’s music. Bright Hawk‘s offers a unique experience with the handpan and a story where the main character is gender neutral, intended to be inclusive for transgender children.
What really got me thought was the amazing TRANSGENDER poem that is perfect for “Transgender Day of Remembrance” I met Rusty Rose, who was part of the Stonewall march.
As I stepped over to get in line to tell my own story about gender, in hopes to continue to educate about non binary people. I had pre-arranged this with an amazing woman that was welcoming and eager to connect with us. We enjoyed her company and she was happy to help us participate in her open mic. We thought there should have been way more open mic, as I think many of the attendees would have loved it. I looked up at the stage and a short, red headed mature woman was on stage yelling her poem into the microphone…I heard Stonewall. She began to tell her story of Stonewall, in poetry form. I was so stunned I forgot to grab my camera! I was in shock. As I listened to Rusty Rose shout at the mic her poem with passion, heart, wisdom and truth. I felt like this was the allie I wanted to talk to! The more the group chanted “Put the T first” the more chills ran down my arms. This is what the GLBTQ community needs, our elders to share their stories! Her presentation really makes it but you will have to try to catch that live as people begin to ask Rusty Rose to attend their events.