To remember and to continue the fight against the violent patriarchy, Queer Quezon presents “Say Their Names: A Night of Remembrance for the Victims of Hate Crime and Gender-based Violence” on October 17, 8:00PM.
“This event aims to amplify the call for justice for the death of our trans sisters and queer individuals from the endless onslaught of gender-based violence in this cisheteropatriarch society,” says QQ spokesperson Neal Igan Roxas.
It can be remembered that on October 11, 2014, Jennifer Laude met her tragic demise at the hands of Joseph Pemberton, an American Marine. Not two weeks after Laude’s death, Mary Jane Annonuevo and Glydel Libranda, transgender women in Quezon, were also violently murdered.
This year, Pemberton walked out of jail when Pres. Rodrigo Duterte granted him absolute pardon on September 8, 2020, a month before Laude’s 5th death anniversary.
On September 28, another transwoman, Donna Nierra, was found beheaded and floating in a river in Caloocan City.
“Queer Quezon continues to struggle with the LGBTQIA community for queer spaces within our society free of hate and gender-based-violence. Jennifer, Mary Jane, Glydel, and Donna are only a few of the many individuals who have been victimized by this culture of oppression against the LGBTQ community. By remembering them, we remain true to the virtue of the queer struggle for a free society,” Roxas added.
Through poetry, music, and performances, #SayTheirNames intends to emphasize the role and contribution of the State in maintaining a cisheteropatriarchal society where trans individuals and queer folks cannot live free.
The event will be broadcasted on Queer Quezon’s Facebook page.