Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we come together as a community to remember the 22 transgender people lost to fatal violence in 2018 — and call the nation’s attention to the ongoing epidemic of violence against transgender people and particularly transgender women of color.
Hillary Clinton commemorated the day by listing the names of those who have been killed this year in the U.S.
“On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember the names and the lives of those we’ve lost to violence this year,” Clinton wrote with a link to GLAAD’s list of transgender people who have been the victims of homicides in 2018.
Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón.
Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 20, 2018
According to GLAAD, 20 of those killed were women of color.
“Victims of anti-transgender violence are overwhelmingly transgender women of color, who live at the dangerous intersections of transphobia, racism, sexism, and criminalization which often lead to high rates of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness,” GLAAD wrote, noting that nearly all of the 26 transgender people killed in U.S. in 2017 were women of color.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person to be elected and serve while openly transgender in any U.S. state legislature, wrote on Twitter that “for many trans people, coming out means you’re more likely to be rejected, ostracized, targeted and killed”
“The very people who are supposed to have your back can turn on you: family, friends, employers & gov’t alike,” Roem added. “It’s not universal. But it does happen. Time after time.”
For many trans people, coming out means you’re more likely to be rejected, ostracized, targeted and killed. The very people who are supposed to have your back can turn on you: family, friends, employers & gov’t alike.
It’s not universal.
But it does happen.
Time after time.#TDOR
— Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) November 20, 2018
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance
The life expectancy of a Black trans woman is age 35.
Globally, 368 trans people have been murdered this year, 28 in the US.
No one is free unless we all can be free, and that starts with supporting & fighting for trans people. #TDOR
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) November 20, 2018
Transgender Awareness Week begins today which is followed by Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, to honour trans people who are victims of violence and murder. #TDoR #TransAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/QxcJiP68aQ
— Stefanie Pest (@CanSteffi) November 13, 2018
Finally, NewNowNext has listed 10 Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight vigils to honor the lives we’ve lost in 2018. Gatherings are in New York, Oakland, San Francisco, St Louis, Chicago, Austin, Miami, Charlotte, and Tallahassee. Check here for more details.
(via The Hill)