I think there is absolutely space to be critical of the event and those involved, and I would urge folks to be respectful to those who were uncomfortable with the hosts of the stream being the face of the fundraiser. Their pain isn’t invalidated by these folks helping generate a bunch of money for a good cause.
By that same token, there was an unambiguous good here that is without a doubt worth celebrating. The money will make a meaningful difference to the lives of trans children. Speaking personally, that the stream became a platform for trans folks from all over to speak to their own experiences & share their work to an audience that rarely gives us the time of day was just so incredibly uplifting to watch. I felt so validated and close to my community listening to those people, it made the bleak state of the world feel a little less so.
Ultimately what I’m left feeling is a hope that this sort of thing can continue. That more trans people can be given this opportunity to share their lives with others and find the support they need. I hope this event will encourage other groups to lend their platforms to the cause and help lift up the voices amongst the trans community that often get ignored. This weekend could be a great step towards something even better.