by MK Scott
Over in the Central District Tuesday evening at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a different type of event took place. It was an evening filled with passion and a call to take action besides remembering the fallen. Mac Mcgregor opened and closed the over-two-and-a-half-hour event that featured a panel discussion with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant; Queer organizer, Keaton Slansky; Financial Secretary for UAW Local 4121, Sam Sumpter; Gender Justice League’s Elayne Wylie. Several audience members also came up and introduced themselves and brought up other issues. The talk of the night was the lack of Trans People of color in attendance. The journey of Trans activist, Ryannah Quigley, was the most heart wrenching. She spoke of being adopted by a large Mormon family and then being sent away when she was suspected of being gay. Years of abuse followed while she created her own path forward. Toward the end of the evening Trans Indie singer Claire Michelle sang, followed by Mcgregor reading the names of the Transgender individuals in the U.S. who were murdered in 2018.