Blacked out for Transgender Day of Remembrance
Today is the 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. In honor of this, and in lieu of being able to attend any organized events, Gender Outlaw has been “blacked out” for the day (though I’m not removing all content as some other websites have done.)
Here are some faces to remember and bring into the light today. I just watched the video of Ali that’s referenced on this page and it’s the first time I have shed a tear in a really, really long time.
More about TDoR:
The Transgender Day of Remembrance 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 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered 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-transgendered 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.
Other bloggers I follow who have honored the day include:
- Tboy Jacky: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2008
- Saddle Sore Biker: November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Transsexual and Transparent: National Transgender Day of Remembrance