Friday, November 20, 2009

Eleventh Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is the eleventh annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. A staggering number of trans women and men are killed every year, often after horrific and extended violent attacks and torture. Reading the list of men and women killed through violence this year, the same causes seem to pop up again and again: stabbed, stabbed, head wound, tortured, beaten, raped. Again and again, this is the cost of being trans, the cost of being a woman.

This is not the only day to recognize and fight transmisogyny and cissexism. If you are cis, you need to consider the privilege that you have just by existing. Think about the danger cis women are constantly in just because we are women. Trans women face exactly that danger, but their trans status makes them many times more vulnerable.

I urge you to read the list of the 160 dead this year, and these authors:

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

I Will Not Forget Them – TDOR by Recursive Paradox at Genderbitch

International Transgender Day of Remembrance 2009
by Lucypaw

(first five links via the Curvature)

1 comment:

  1. Seven years ago, I had begun my transition. I was still going to work as a male, but I was spending virtually all of my other time as female. I was going to a doctor, psychotherapist and social worker, and would soon begin to take hormones.

    I was coming home from one of my therapy sessions when I met another trans woman who was in my support group. She told me about the murder of Gwen Araujo, whose body was found the day before.

    You can only imagine how we felt. But we can also only imagine how her family, who supported her in her transition, felt.

    One thing that struck me then, and upsets me now, is how little press coverage Gwen's and other trans women's murders or beatings receive.

    Just two months later, all the world heard about Laci Peterson. Of course, it deserved the attention: It was a terrible way for anyone to go. However, I must admit that I felt a twinge of resentment when I thought about the fact that Laci was a white cis woman from an upscale Bay Area suburb. Gwen, on the other hand, was not only trans, but Hispanic and from the poor-to-working class town of Newark, south of the Bay.


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