We find ourselves once more in 2017 commemorating the ones we have lost from Oct 8th 2016 until today the 20th of November 2017 which is the Transgender Day of Rememberance. 329 trans people have been murdered worldwide this year and even as we stand here contemplating that number that figure will rise. As Transgender people we consider these ones to be our brothers and sisters, although we have never met. They are members of our worldwide community whether they identify has male, female, non-binary or Gender Queer and we feel their loss because they have been taken so violently from our Trans family.

As part of that commemoration, as you have probably noticed, we thought we would use the theme of super heroes, transgender super heroes. Why super heroes you may well ask? Because when we look at super heroes in comics or films, we might admire their super powers, their strength, and their speed, whatever their super power is. But I would suggest that our greatest admiration is perhaps for their greatest power which is their courage.

If we then consider that courage is a super power then the transgender family are blessed with huge amounts of courage. Let us consider for example, how much courage is needed for a trans youngster to go to school every day and face the ridicule and bullying that they receive from their schoolmates? How much courage is needed for a transgender person to walk out of their front door every day to go and buy their groceries? It takes, and I speak from personal experience, huge amounts of courage to stand out in your community, in your family, to become the person that you knew in your heart that you truly were and are!

There are as we know different kinds of superpowers and there are different kinds of courage, and I would like mention a special kind of courage. This project would not have been possible without our allies, members of the LGB community, the Rainbow Project family and others who have given freely of their time and energy to see it through to fruition. The members of the Derry Trans community are indebted to them for this, but more than this we salute their courage because it takes courage to be an ally, especially an ally of transgender people.

We would also like to thank to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland who are lottery funded for their support of the project.

Special thanks also go to the Eden Place Arts Centre for their input, encouragement and support for the project and telling us that this was possible.

Thanks also go to the Rainbow Project for their support of the project and the copious amounts of tea, coffee and biscuits they provided, and we are sorry for the mess on the carpet.

The greatest of thanks go to our wonderful artist Caroline Devenney who listened patiently to our ideas and designed the artwork based on those ideas which you now see before you.