The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a worldwide event that began as a way of mourning the murder of Rita Hester, a murder that has never been solved; as is the case with so many other transphobic crimes. Over the last fifteen years, TDoR has grown from a small web project into a way for the community the world over to express its feelings about our friends and loved ones who have been murdered because they were transgender, or who took their own lives because society makes life as a trans person so difficult.
This year, at least 238 people have been murdered because they are transgender. This is by no means the sum total of trans* people who have been killed this year. The true number is likely to be far, far higher. Sadly many trans* murders go unreported, or trans* people are mistakenly listed as missing; or their deaths are not given the proper care and attention by the police.
Even if the true number were 238, that is still 238 people too many. Murders and hate crimes against transgender people are at epidemic levels. Something must be done to reduce that number. The solution is in the hands of the cisgender community. They must step up and help us to fight this plague of hatred. We can’t do it on our own.
Everyone commemorates (but never celebrates) TDoR in their own way. It means something different to everyone, depending on their own particular circumstances, whether they have lost family members or close friends, and whether they have been close to having their own name appear on the list of the dead. It is therefore impossible to sum up the feelings of the community in one blog post. Here, then, are several views from around the world on what the Transgender Day of Remembrance means to individual people.
- Monica Roberts (aka TransGriot), 238 Names
- Diana Tourjee, Trans Day of Remembrance 2013 (via Original Plumbing)
- Helen G, 20 November 2012: 14th International Transgender Day of Remembrance (via The F Word)
- Helen Belcher, Remembering this year’s 238 trans murder victims (via Gay Star News)
- Ava Vidal, Transgender Day of Remembrance: why you, yes you, need to care (via The Telegraph)
- Lorelei Erisis, Preserving the Transgender Day of Remembrance: A memorial for our dead (via Out In Jersey)
- Liam (aka Yet Another Leftie), TDoR and the right to remember
- Anarchist Reverend, Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Tiq Milan, #TDOR Commentary: Our lives are valuable (via GLAAD)
- Monica Roberts (aka TransGriot), Thinking About The Girls Like Us Who Didn’t Get A TDOR Memorial
- Zoe Kirk-Robinson, Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013 [Video]