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Updated: Dec 20, 2023

I cannot possibly express how much it means to me and how thankful that I am to be asked to participate in Trans Day of Remembrance hosted by Trans Joy Akron and the City of Akron.

The event will be held on Sunday, November 19th at Lock 4, 200 South Main Street in downtown Akron beginning at 6:00 PM. I will be reading my poems “Persons Unknown” and “The Funky Skunk.”

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance that honors trans lives lost to violence and discrimination. With the growing number of anti-trans acts, it is critical to hold space for memory and reflection, as well as bringing awareness.

The event will inlcude:

  • Outdoor & indoor space

  • Accessible parking

  • Security

  • Speakers/poetry/song

  • Respectful fire ceremony

  • Time for reflection

  • Voter registration

  • HIV prevention & PrEP information

  • Community resources

In addition to honoring the lives lost to anti-trans violence, TDOR will also highlight trans individuals who are making strides in their own communities.

You are cordially invited to attend this very important commemoration.

Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, award-winning poet, writer, speaker, teaching artist, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian. Now based in Tallmadge, Ohio, her first collection of poetry entitled “If There’s No Heaven” was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and the Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Books 2020. It is available from the author or at Barbara is also the author of the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge," "Dance Naked with God," and the forthcoming "A Woman in Progress." Follow her at

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