Today is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside to remember and honor trans people killed over the previous year for being trans. Yes, it happens that often. Here is a partial list of the dead. It’s always a partial list, since it relies on people knowing what happened and taking time to report it. Reading the list is heartbreaking.
Location: Antalya, Turkey
Cause of Death: throat cut, face slashed.
Date of Death: July 10, 2012
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Cause of Death: Gunshot to the face.
Date of Death: April 16, 2012
Paige was 23 years old.
Location: Kuruman, South Africa
Cause of Death: throat cut, partial decapitation, genitals stuffed in mouth.
Date of Death: June 09, 2012
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Cause of Death: Fire
Date of Death: May 11, 2012
Guys, we have to do better by trans people. It’s a messed up situation when a community has to hold an annual vigil for people killed in hate crimes. Often, the T in LGBTQ gets left behind when groundbreaking anti-hate crime or anti-discrimination laws are getting made, and people are dying. We can’t allow this to continue.