Today, November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day intended for us to honor those that have died due to hate violence and to raise awareness of the hate crimes against Trans people. It is also a day where we call upon our allies to step forward and stand with us in solidarity.
While there are no accurate statistics regarding hate crimes, the FBI statistics show that race and ethnic minorities are the most targeted groups that accounts for approximately 30% of all hate crimes. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs estimated in 1997 from a survey of 14 major cities, 5 states and one multi-region state that since 1997 that there are approximately 213 hate crimes per year against Trans people. In 2004, the highest number of hate crimes against Trans people was reported as 321. These are of the reported hate crimes without a breakdown for race of Trans people. As we know, most hate crimes are not reported because of this hate. This week there are ceremonies around the world honoring and remembering our dead.
Please join me in remembering all of those whom we have lost to violence and ignorance. Let's work together so that we can lower these numbers and protect these valuable members of our community.
Kylar W. Broadus, Esq.
National Black Justice Coalition
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From NCTE Executive Director, Mara Keisling:
The Day of Remembrance, which we commemorate tomorrow, is a time of mourning for transgender people, a time to honor the lives tragically cut short by another person's hatred or fears. It is also a time to look at how we can have fewer and fewer deaths to commemorate on this day in years to come.
The TDOR Is a Memorial, Not a Party
One of the things that I've heard over and over from some quarters of the trans community about the upcoming November 20 worldwide celebration of the Transgender Day of Remembrance is that it's 'too somber' or 'depressing'. TDOR is designed to point out to the media the cost of anti-trans violence. It's an opportunity for our allies to do intersectional work with our community and support us on one of our issues. And when I lost my friend Nakhia to violence while living in Louisville back in 2008, it became a way to show the family and friends of the departed transperson how much we love and respect that individual and provide some closure for all who knew the person. Um, hello It's a memorial to the people we've lost to anti-transgender violence. It's not supposed to be a happy-happy joy-joy event.
Our Dead Remembered – Daily Iowan
Pedro Jones is 20 years old and facing murder charges in the death of his girlfriend's son. According to New York State Police, Jones was baby-sitting the 17-month-old boy in August when he allegedly beat the child to death. Jones said he was trying to make the boy "act like a boy instead of a little girl." The case drew national attention for a simple reason — the killing of a toddler for failure to conform highlights the absurdity of gender policing.
Remembering Trans Heroine Rita Hester – Bay Windows
Rita is another one of our black civil rights martyrs, but sadly, too few African Americans know of her or even care how Rita was murdered. But if Rita were heterosexual and the news was that her alleged killer is a white male, my community would still be on the hunt for him.
Rita is another one of our black civil rights martyrs, but sadly, too few African Americans know of her or even care how Rita was murdered. But if Rita were heterosexual and the news was that her alleged killer is a white male, my community would still be on the hunt for him. Many transgender people, because of transphobia and anti-trans violence in this society, feel most comfortable moving about their lives in the night and out of the view of the general public. In urban enclaves known for their gang violence crimes against transgender people often go unnoticed or are seen as lesser crimes.
The Face of Anti-Trans Violence – Dallas Voice
As North Texans commemorate Trans Day of Remembrance, one trans woman remembers the attack she survived as a child.
To many people, statistics on anti-transgender violence are just numbers. Astounding, perhaps frightening, but still just numbers. Winter Mullenix is the face of one of those numbers. One of many. Mullenix was attacked when she was 9 years old by someone who had apparently been stalking her for a while. “He was disgusted by my behavior. I was living as a boy, but it was obvious to everyone,” she said, describing herself. “I would dance and prance and I hung out with the girls.”
Transgender Day or Remembrance Observed At Center – Now in Gay Chicago
Broadway Youth Center and Howard Brown Health Center marked the 12th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Center on Halsted Nov. 18 with a community information fair, speakers and the annual “Night of Fallen Stars” in the Hoover-Leppen Theater.
Don't Shut Up About LGBT Issues – Iowa State Daily
From 1999 to 2009, there was an estimated minimum of 393 deaths attributed to transphobia or hatred around the world. From Nov. 20, 2009, to Nov. 15, 2010, that estimated total climbed to 580. The details of these crimes are horrific: drowning, battering, gang-rape; one man in August killed his girlfriend's infant son with his bare hands, claiming, "I was trying to make him act like a boy instead of a little girl."
Activists Differ over Transgender Day of Remembrance's Tone – Edge Boston
"If we trace the trajectory and levels of violence over the past few years, there is no sign of it diminishing," Michael Silverman, executive director of the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. "With every step we take forward and demand equal rights, dignity and respect, the more push back we see in the form of harassment, bullying, outright violence and even death."
Remembering Victims of Anti-Trans Violence – The Rainbow Times
Brandon Teena. Rita Hester. Roy Antonio Jones III. Nakia Ladelle Baker. Ruby Rodriguez. On average, at least one transgender person is murdered every month in the United States. We know some of the names and some of their stories, but so many others remain unknown.
Transgender Day of Remembrance site
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the "Remembering our Dead" web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester's murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
MCC Announces New Children and Youth Resources
Check out MCC Transgender Ministries' annual Transgender Day of Remembrance resources! They have news, commentaries, vigils, advertising and other worship resources available for your immediate download. Also – if you are observing Transgender Day of Remembrance, sign on and add your voice to MCC's collection of resources, events, and activism opportunities.
LGBT Youth Support – Free Tools and Materials Available
The GLBT Youth Support Project has developed a number of tools to help you create safety and support for GLBT youth and their families in your agency, school, or community.
Transgender Glossary of Terms GLAAD
From GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, transgender terminology, terminology to avoid, and names and pronoun usage.