Photoessay: NYC’s Trans Day of Action

Trans Day of Action took place on Friday in New York, inviting trans, gender non-conforming people and allies to mobilize and demand “access to both public and private spaces without fear of harassment or brutality.” It was hosted by the Audre Lorde Project and set off from from the Christopher Street Bridge, a historic safe haven for marginalized members of the LGBT community.

“On this day, we take to the streets and demand the right to make decisions about our bodies, expressions, specifically by taking up space where we’re told there is none. ” – Audre Lorde Project.

Here are the official Trans Day of Action Points of Unity listed here to amplify the message, contextualize the images, and give inspiration to our own fights for justice.

Spatial Justice: We envision a world where Trans and gender non-conforming people of color have clear and accessible paths to community ownership and self-determination in the spaces we live, work, and move without fear of harassment, brutality, or displacement.

Body Autonomy: Declaring ownership of our own bodies and their expression is a project rooted in abundance and an affirmation that there are many ways to show up in this world.

Economic Justice: We uplift the inherent value of Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Black, Indigenous, People of Color and call for equitable access to education and employment, protection from employment discrimination, fair wages, and safe working conditions for all workers — especially undocumented workers and people engaged in sex work.

Racial Justice: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) have dreamt of the liberated world and are its ushers into this one which is why liberation must, and will, be fought and won by BIPOC.

Disability Justice: We uplift the inherent value and brilliance of sick, disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent folks. We understand our needs, care, and wellness are not luxuries.

Migrant Justice: We demand protections for folks who continue to be impacted by the ever-growing rates of deportation, policing, separation from their family, and detention while seeking home, haven, and asylum.

Prison Abolition: We refuse to accept the path to safety within our communities is by way of putting our people in cages.


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Molly Adams is an LA-based photographer. You can find documenting life from Afghanistan to Standing Rock to the LA queer nightlife. You can also find her on Instagram.

Molly has written 59 articles for us.


  1. Molly thank you, thank you, for documenting these important moments. Your photo-journalism is so inspiring.

  2. “WHICH BLACK TRANS WOMAN SAVED YOUR LIFE TODAY.” INDEED! <3 may we all reflect on this today and every day

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