Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011
Today is not “transgender day.” It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, so remember the victims – predominantly trans women of color. Every 38 hours, a cis person kills someone who is transgender (again, typically a trans woman of color – a fact that should not be ignored) – 211 documented murder victims in the last year. Here are just a few of the victims. Their lives mattered, and we need to keep fighting against all forms of trans-misogyny and transphobia to prevent future deaths.
This violence happens as a result of living in a world where these things are accepted. Making trans-misogynistic and transphobic statements allows it to continue. Being inactive and apathetic to it allows it to continue. Centering white trans guys when talking about transgender issues allows it to continue. Remember that the murderers do not live in a vacuum, and they are not an isolated problem when we live (for those of us privileged enough to still be alive) in a world in which their actions are accepted and supported.
RIP to Idania Roberta Sevilla Raudales, Luisa Alvarado Hernández, Lady Óscar Martínez Salgado, Reana ‘Cheo’ Bustamente, Génesis Briget Makaligton, Krissy Bates, Fergie Alice Ferg, Tyra Trent, Priscila Brandão, Marcal Camero Tye, Shakira Harahap, Miss Nate Nate (or Née) Eugene Davis, Lashai Mclean, Didem, Camila Guzman, Gaby, Gaurav Gopalan, Ramazan Çetin, Shelley Hilliard, Jessica Rollon, Astrid Carolina López Cruz, Chassity Nathan Vickers, and the countless untold others.