Today is the 12th Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that has been set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is recognized in over 180 cities Worldwide, many holding vigils to honor and mourn those senselessly taken from us this past year.
Please click here to find the location nearest you.
I am no authority on transgender issues, but I am deeply saddened that this kind of prejudice exists. The kind of hatred that denies happiness, and in many cases life to someone’s child, and friend.
In total, the preliminary results show 487 reports of murdered trans people in 39 countries since January 2008.*
Sadly, this year we have nearly 180 (179 at the time of this post) reported murders of trans people. That’s reported murders, the true numbers are unfortunately much higher; even worse these trends are expected to carry on well over the next 365 days.
I am no authority on trans issues but I am fortunate enough to call many transgender and transsexual people friends, and I cannot imagine the heartache of losing a single one of them, or the multiplied anger fueled by the ignorant reasoning behind them being taken. Therefore, if I have an opportunity to bring their issues to the proper light—I will do so.
Yet, we know, even these high numbers are only a fraction of the real figures; the truth is much worse.*
Photo by Scott Shifrel of nydailynews.com.
I implore you to get involved.