Thursday, November 19, 2009

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2009 is the 11th annual Day of Remembrance.

From the TDoR web site:
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn't perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who've died by anti-transgender violence.

Every year I get angry that there is need for such a commemoration. Every year I am compelled to make a point of honoring this day. I'm not compelled simply because I am a member of the GLBT community or just because there are many Transgender people I like and admire and there are Transgender people that I love, but also because they all lost their lives because of hate.
Please go here to honor these people and take a moment to mourn.
You can go here to find a vigil or event near you.
For the the 11th year the TDoR is hoping to increase compassion and awareness and decrease indifference and ignorance, and to shorten that list.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the thoughtful post to remind us. I am privileged to have two transgendered friends.


Jackie said...

You are welcome LoJo.