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Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Nov 19, 2009

Friday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance—a time of remembering the transgender people around the world who have been killed in the past year simply for being themselves. This video honors those who have died.

You can find a list of those who have been killed on the Transgender Day of Remembrance website. Please consider honoring these lives by lighting a candle in your house of worship this weekend or reading some of the names during your service.

We are continuing to collect signatures on the Petition for Full Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and will use it to help pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation that will help protect and improve the lives of transgender people.

18 Responses to “Transgender Day of Remembrance”

  1. My heart and love go out to remember all the dead, all those who continue to be hated and stigmatized, and to their families.

  2. kiathryn says:

    i have worked with transgender people and i find it absolutely unbelievable that these human beings listed in this video were murdered. i wonder why so many are with spanish surnames? do their murders have something to do with that fact? the culture, the religion (s) in these parts of the world? just wondering.

  3. Alison says:

    Thank you for posting this video. I hadn’t seen it before and I found it very moving. I also hadn’t realized the sheer number of trans people being killed in Brazil. Its definitely something to think about.

    Please also keep in mind that this list represents only a partial list of those harmed by anti-trans violence. Many others were killed in other parts of the world but either were not recorded or not recognized as trans. In addition, for each person slain, many suffer from daily anti-trans violence and survive. The Day of Remembrance is about ending all anti-trans violence.

  4. Monique Williams says:

    Blessings to all the love ones and families who lost a loved one due to others ignorance.
    Everyone deserves to be loved. Hate and discrimination will never be tolerated. I believe the reason that men and women hate is because they have many insecurities within themselves. God made all of us in His image. God is perfect, so therefore He makes no mistakes. So before anyone decides to discriminate or hurt another, remember what color we All bleed and what emotions we All feel when we are hurt or are persecuted?

  5. nuala carpenter says:

    Thank you for this moving tribute, I notice that most of those killed are women.

  6. mary says:

    I join you all in holding in my heart those tragically killed and those left behind to carry the pain.

  7. Theresa says:

    I thank you for showing this. I know personally what it is like. I am transsexual and am living under a death threat right now. I always just hope that I don’t end up on the list.

  8. Frank says:

    when will the hate end. the excuse of religion or regional laws in this day and time to discriminate against anyone is just unjust. we need laws to protect all people for any race, gender, or sexual orientation. we label everything to promote hate. lets love all and celebrate their life for the love they share. too many haters out there just because they have something to hide.

  9. Betsy says:

    Deeply saddening, especially when I contemplate that this is the tip of the iceberg of violence some face. And I am troubled by the shock that one was killed in my city of San Francisco.

  10. Kyle says:

    We will be remembering our brothers and sisters on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at the UCC in Centerport, NY. Please join us, our event is listed on this site.

  11. Betty T says:

    I found this moving but can’t help wondering how many more are such victims? It certainly looks like Brazil is either a hotbed of repression (not to be overlooked in our southern “macho” neighbors) or else doing great job of investigating and accurately reporting which makes one wonder about deaths in other countries.

  12. admin says:

    Our prayers are with you.

  13. Vanessa says:

    I feel horrified at the lack of human conscience that anybody would be so threatened at the prospect that another human being might make the private decision to be the man or woman that he or she was born to be. it does no harm to be true to ourselves! the fact that others are so deeply ignorant, so deeply disturbed, so deeply disconnected from the source that binds us deeply frightens and saddens me. may we shout our love from the top of our souls that only love, worth, and dignity shall prevail!

  14. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for posting this moving video. This persecution must end. As long as one of us is oppressed, we all are.

  15. Heidi says:

    I guess the “gender law” is a forbidding law to break – like crossing the race line in the south (yes, I know, in the north too). Apparently it is so fundamental to people’s experience and identity that to violate it is very, very threatening. That must be the source of such intense hatred and violence. I can understand the shock of transgression; the gender law is fundamental to how small children learn about the world. I can understand feelings of shock people may have when their world is shaken. But my heavens, such violence? Such rage? Hatred makes them turn people into things and the killers lose their own humanity in the process. Some terror inside must make them do these terrible things.
    I pray for Theresa who said she is living under a death threat. Please take care of yourself. That’s all I can say; I wish there was more I could do.

  16. Susan Slaughter says:

    This is a beautiful and moving tribute, but this cruelty just makes me sick.

  17. admin says:

    Thanks Jack. This is something we are aware of and are dealing with. -Jay Carmona, Online Organizer

  18. Lou-Ann Broadmeadow says:

    Fear of the unknown quantity makes ignorant people act like savages. Let’s continue to try to educate the masses, and love each child for who they are not what someone else thinks they should be.

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