Twelfth Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Bodies, Gender, Sexual violence
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Today, November 20th 2010, is the Twelfth Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, the day set aside for the trans* community and our allies to remember and to mourn our fallen in the past year.

So many are murdered because we are not seen as human in the eyes of the world. Trans people are talked about as freaks, as self-mutilators, as perverts, as unnatural. These attitudes are so prevalent in the culture at large that it is hard to force cis people to acknowledge transphobia, and harder to make them understand their own internalised transphobia and cis privilege. The terrible crimes that ended the lives of those we remember and mourn today are perhaps the ultimate proof of a transphobic culture.

Is it a coincidence that so many of the people we mourn today were women? Is it a coincidence that so many of them were people of colour? No. While our culture continues to be misogynist and racist (and several other -ists as well), there will always be a higher price paid by those who walk those particular intersections. That makes it worse. The people we mourn today were merely trying to live their lives as themselves, something that is hard for any oppressed person. They should never have been murdered.

The list of the dead makes for harrowing reading. Senseless brutality. Utter hatred. Rest in peace, our fallen comrades, by whatever faith you had in life. We must not forget.

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