Non-binary Pose actor Indya Moore honored the transgender people killed this year while accepting an award at the Daily Front Row’s annual Fashion Media Awards Thursday night (September 5), reported Out Magazine.
While accepting the award for Cover of the Year for their Elle June 2019 cover, Moore shed light on the epidemic of transgender-targeted gun violence and the denial of trans people’s basic human rights nationwide.
“Right now, the Supreme Court is voting on whether or not trans people can access employment, shelter, and healthcare in the same ways that you all have access,” Moore said. “It’s hard to celebrate being celebrated at a time when people like me are being murdered.”
To pay tribute to the 17 trans people who are known to have been killed in America this year – most of whom were black women – Moore worked with a stylist to create earrings made of framed photos of the victims, including Muhlaysia Booker,Ashanti Carmon, and Jazzaline Ware, which they wore to the awards ceremony. Moore also carried a photo of Bailey Reeves, a 17-year-old trans girl who was killed over Labor Day weekend, in their clutch.
“I accept this award in good faith that my recognition doesn’t lead to the erasure of other trans and GNC folks who also deserve healthcare, housing, safety and visibility, magazine covers, runways, leading film and TV roles, doctorate degrees, high school diplomas, college educations, families, lovers, and representation everywhere and in every space,” Moore added. They were met with a standing ovation after their speech, but Moore said the “best award and the award that we all deserve is to be able to get home safe.”