From The Advocate:
Nearly every two weeks, a person is killed somewhere in the world for expressing gender nonconformity. This sobering statistic does not include the numerous other deaths that never receive media attention or are not reported to police, making the full scope of lives lost to senseless antitrans prejudice truly innumerable.
As the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches each November 20, the list of the dead who vigilgoers will memorialize steadily grows, filled especially with the names of trans women of color. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the first TDOR, held in Allston, Mass., to memorialize Rita Hester, a trans woman of color whose life was cut tragically short in 1999.
The Advocate also profiles 48 trans women and men who changed the world:
Especially on a somber day like the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, it’s important to take a moment to also acknowledge the incredible contributions to society made by trans and gender-nonconforming individuals. In so doing, the question becomes, How do we celebrate and preserve the contributions of trans thinkers and artists? In her acclaimed series Transtextuality (Senate Bill 48), painter Katie Herzog answers this question by reimagining Gerhard Ricther’s famous 48 Portraits, which focused solely on white, cisgender (nontrans) “men of letters.” Herzog’s collection offers a new palate of black-and-white portraits focusing on 48 inspirational Western trans women and men accomplished in the fields of science, philosophy, and literature.
HRC also honored the day:
Transgender commemoration comes as the nation moves forward on LGBT equality, but anti-transgender violence continues at extremely alarming rates. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, joins in today’s commemoration of Transgender Day of Remembrance. The 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice and also raises awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community. HRC Steering Committees and Project One America staff in almost 35 cities around the country, are partnering with local organizations on community events. Additionally, in the lead-up to November 20th, HRC has presented a blog series featuring a few of the many powerful voices of the transgender community.
Daniel Reynolds asks “Does it Get better” if you are transgender?
The Advocate reports:
The It Gets Better Project has partnered with Gender Proud to produce a video for Transgender Day of Remembrance. The video features a message from the founder of Gender Proud, Geena Rocero, who, after 12 years as a successful model, came out as transgender earlier this year. Rocero recounts the history of the annual memorial for those lost to transphobia, which first began in response to the killing of Rita Hester in November 1998. Rocero remembers those the transgender community has lost to violence, including Jennifer Laude, Islan Nettles, and Angie Zapata, but also points out all that has been gained: Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, Janet Mock’s televised schooling of Piers Morgan, and the New York magazine profile of Martine Rothblatt, the nation’s highest-paid female CEO.
Gay Star News counts the number of transgender murder victims this last year:
Trans people have been stoned to death, burned alive and had their eyes plucked out by their murderer, a new report says. It highlights the tragedies of 226 trans people murdered in the last 12 months. 11 of the victims were 18 years old or younger. But even these harrowing stories are likely just the tip of the iceberg. Brazil and Mexico, once again, lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.
Gwendolyn Ann Smith explains why we still need the Transgender Day of Rembrance.
The Advocate reports:
In 1998, spurred on by the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Mass., I founded the Remembering Our Dead web project to chronicle those lost at the hands of anti-transgender violence. In 1999 the project launched the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The first TDOR took place in only two cities, Boston and San Francisco. Fifteen years later, and we are still honoring those murdered in antitrans attacks — now with events worldwide. At the time of the first TDOR, we only knew of roughly 30 murders dating back a decade or two. This year, Transgender Europe is reporting 226 killings in the last 12 months. Across the world, a transgender person is murdered roughly every two days. The project is still very much a necessary one, highlighting the vioence that trans people face every day.
It’s time we all stood together in the LGBT community, along with our straight allies, for the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters.