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ITEM DESCRIPTION: This Argentium silver pendant is made in honor of, and inspired by, Aidelen Evans, a 24-year-old Black transgender woman, who was found dead in Port Arthur, Texas, on March 18.
Through this pendant, I wanted to communicate the need for safe places of love for Aidelen and all transgender people. On the front I included a beautiful citrine gem (Aidelen's birthstone) under the roof with a chimney, representing safe shelter and warmth. On the back I included a heart with Aidelen's initial, along with a silver stamp and my maker's mark. The pendant is understate and meaningful. It is approximately 7/8" round and comes with a 16" Sterling silver chain (substitution of an 18" chain available upon request).
Aidelen is just one of many transgender people who have been killed this year. Tori Cooper, Human Rights Campaign's Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, said of Aidelen's death, "The loss of another Black transgender woman is heartbreaking and infuriating. Aidelen did not deserve to have her life taken from her — none of the transgender and non-binary people who have been killed deserved to have their lives cut short. The violence that continues to impact transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially Black transgender women, must stop. We need everyone to speak out against stigma and in support of trans lives.”