On October 31st our group arrived at El Centro de la Raza and set up our mini altar. Our theme was centered around honoring and remembering the lives of transgender people who lost their lives to violence in 2017. Altar making has historically given the “others”/marginalized members of society the opportunity to have their voices and existences both seen and heard and our group saw this as the perfect opportunity to honor trans lives. Trans people defy social norms and exist in resistance to normative society and so we used altar making and creativity to also defy these norms. A picture of Marsha P. Johnson, a leader in the gay/trans rights movement, was the center of our altar and we also included pictures and names of the 23 trans people who lost their lives this year.
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