A ceremony to celebrate and honor the naming rites of people with trans experience
Through ritual and ceremony this gathering celebrates trans and non-binary people of color and the coming into a fullness of their identity. Honoring the significance and sacredness of choosing one name.
Ms. Boogie, Tiq Milan and other leaders, artist, and speakers from our communities will take part in the gathering.
Participation in the ceremony is only open to trans and non-binary people of color, however all are welcome to attend and support.
If you would like be a participant in the renaming rites ceremony please email [email protected]
We are committed to making religious, spiritual, and culturally specific accommodations within the best of our abilities.
Join us as we pay tribute to and memorialize former names, and honor chosen empowering names and stories through love, healing, and connection.
Ms. Boogie, Brooklyn-based rapper has consistently maintained the same message: be yourself. Ms boogie unapologetically infusing hip-hop with a proud queer and trans perspective that sparks conversations and raises questions.
Tiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. He is also a writer and journalist who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality.
✨ What are naming ceremonies?
A Naming Ceremony is an event which an individual is given or changes their name or names. The timing can vary from mere days after birth to several months or many years of life. Some of these ceremonies have religious or cultural significance.
✨ Why are we holding a naming ceremony for trans and non-binary people of color?
The names we are given sometimes account for our ancestry, culture, marriage, beliefs and values of our family and our gender. Within society and our community, the conversation around renaming and transitioning is focused on a dialogue with the state ( ID’s, human rights). Though it is a necessary path to protect and acknowledge trans people, what is absent from the public space are the values which are important to POC and typically serve as a source of strength and resiliency: community, faith, and connection.
The ceremony creates a space for trans and non-binary folks to come together with their family and community to honor naming themselves and memorialize former names through love, healing, and connection. In addition, the ceremony establishes a space where the community commits to the care and protection of trans members in our community.
✨ What is Sunset Service?
Sunset Service strives to provide a space for connection, spiritual expression of people of colour, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized people in Toronto.
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