Today is the Eleventh Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Today is a day to remember the transgender people (or people perceived by their killers to be trans) who have died as a result of hatred and violence, and as a result of the hateful and violent cultures that support the perpetrators. Today is a day to remember those whose deaths authorities and media attempt to sweep under the rug, whose identities are devalued and erased once they are gone, whose murders usually go unsolved. Today is a day to read their names, and not forget.
Here is a list of the 162 known trans people who were killed from November 20, 2008 to November 12, 2009. Most were women. Most were black or Latina. A disproportionate number were sex workers. Several were still only teenagers.
Many of the people listed have had their names, ages, and/or locations recorded; for others, we only know the details of their murders. More still are not listed here at all, because their deaths and the reasons behind them are still unknown to anyone outside of their closest friends and family.
Whoever they were, wherever they were from, and whatever we know or do not know about them, they all need to be remembered, and they need to be remembered equally — along with the reasons why they aren’t here anymore.
What Does Transgender Day of Remembrance Mean to You? by Monica at Transgriot
International Transgender Day of Remembrance 2009 by kaninchenzero at FWD/Forward
International Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20th November 2009 by Helen G at bird of paradox
the drowned and the saved by Queen Emily at Questioning Transphobia
TDOR 2009 by Chally at Zero at the Bone
Events are being held today in many nations and cities all over the world. Find out if there is one near you.
cross-posted at Feministe