The Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation and Day of Remembrance

This set of verses was written to be used with the Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation in 2015, a nine-day ritual ending on the Trans Day of Remembrance, November 20. I had originally intended to take part in the Elevation ritual, but divination with the Dead instructed me not to. Still, I was allowed to write the verses and to make offerings.

This marks the first time I have written Litany verses for individuals. It may or may not be the last, but it will never be the norm. Some of them are not very good, and I hope to have them improved by next year. I simply got so overwhelmed by the sadness.

All of the individuals gave consent, via divination, to have verses written. Only Brandon Teena declined, and so has no verse.

Day 1:

I pray to the Murdered Trans Women

Slaughtered for their status
Who go without justice or vengeance

May you be uplifted
I pray to the Murdered Trans Women

I pray to Marsha P Johnson

Pay it no mind, pay it no mind
Mother, aunt and sister to so many

May you be uplifted
I pray to Marsha P Johnson

Day 2:

I pray to the Murdered Trans Men
Slain for your difference

Who go without vengeance or justice

May you be uplifted
I pray to the Murdered Trans Men

I pray to Evon Young
Rapper Yung LT

Killed, thrown away, covered up
May you be uplifted
I pray to Evon Young

Day 3:

I pray to the Murdered Genderqueer Folk
And, or, neither
Killed still for difference
May you be uplifted
I pray to the Murdered Genderqueer Folk

I pray to Bri Golec
Killed by your own father
Your death blamed on a cult
May you be uplifted

I pray to Bri Golec

Day 4:

I pray to the Trans Suicides

You who died in despair
Of a world that hated you

May you be uplifted 
I pray to the Trans Suicides

I pray to Leelah Alcorn

Beautiful princess and brave fighter

Martyr beloved by so many

May you be uplifted
I pray to Leelah Alcorn

Day 5:

I pray to the Trans Activist Dead
You who stood up and said No!

You who insisted that you, too, are human

May you be uplifted

I pray to the Trans Activist Dead

I pray to Zoraida Reyes
Trans woman and immigrant
Who stood so proudly for both groups

May you be uplifted
I pray to Zoraida Reyes

Day 6:

I pray to the Trans Elders

You who held on in times before
And lived long enough to pass on wisdom

May you be uplifted

I pray to the Trans Elders

I pray to Leslie Feinberg

Staunch comrade and moving author

Whose words and life connected with so many

May you be uplifted

I pray to Leslie Feinberg

Day 7:

I pray to the Trans Youth
So young to face the hatred in this world

But so strong to live as long as you did

May you be uplifted

I pray to the Trans Youth

I pray to Amber Monroe

You survived being shot twice
It took three tries to bring you down
May you be uplifted
I pray to Amber Monroe

Day 8:

I pray to the Trans People of Color
Doubly oppressed and doubly hated

Shining and beautiful and wonderful

May you be uplifted
I pray to the Trans People of Color

I pray to Lucy Hicks Anderson
You fought for your rights in the 40s
You inspire us still today
May you be uplifted
I pray to Lucy Hicks Anderson

Day 9:

I pray to the Trans Dead

Whether you were warriors
Or only wanted to live your lives

May you be uplifted
I pray to the Trans Dead

I pray to Sylvia Rivera
Honored activist, shining STAR

Fighter in the Stonewall Riots
May you be uplifted
I pray to Sylvia Rivera

[As with the rest of A Litany to the Many Dead, these verses are released under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial license. You can use them, adapt them, remix them, just don’t use them in anything you charge money for, and DO attribute them to Rebecca Lynn Scott.]