Today's post will be on a very serious note.
November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember and honor those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence, hate, and discrimination. This is an issue that is very close to my heart, and I figured since I have seen so many people shed light on various causes in their own blogs, why not share something that is important to me?
The media sensationalizes and disrespects transgender hate crime victims after they have been killed, by identifying them with the wrong name and pronouns and writing about them as if they were sexually confused and mentally ill. More often than not, though, transphobic hate crimes are largely ignored.
I have a few things to share from the Transgender Day of Remembrance website.
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes.
It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform.
Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred.
Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence."
My friends at the university I attend have set aside today to observe TDoR, but on the 20th I will be doing something special on my blog. If you would like to join me, please let me know either in the comments, or by e-mail/twitter/facebook/whatever you like, and I can set up an inlinkz widget and organize a TDoR post.
Please take a moment to look over this list from the TDoR website. This is the list of names of people who are being remembered this year on November 20th. Please note that the list is incomplete and constantly being updated.
Thank you for reading.