Sharing the wise words of my friend Mia D’Avanza, because I couldn’t say it better myself (and I thank her):
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which “was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.” Read more here. (Also, check out the National Center for Transgender Equality.)
You may have realized by now that this is a subject that is close to my heart. I was extremely lucky to be raised by parents that encouraged me to be who I am and to be proud of it – something that is made so much easier for me by the fact that I am white and cis-gendered.
I feel so strongly that EVERYONE should be able to be proud of who they are regardless of gender expression and gender identity. Please take a moment today to read about the unacceptable rate of transgender murders in the USA and the low life expectancy of transgender individuals (estimates are between 25-42 years old) as a result of discrimination and violence (summation borrowed from my eloquent friend Jono Vaughan, whose work “Project 42” addresses these issues). We must work to change these statistics.”
It is disgusting and disheartening that we as Americans, as human beings, need such a commemorative day — and make no mistake, we certainly do.
On a personal note, I remember today Clio, a dear trans friend who has gone missing and whose health and safety are unknown. I can only hope she is defying these terrible odds and is out there somewhere living an anonymous and ordinary life. ♥