Blacked Out In Observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance
Today is the 12th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. In observance of TDOR, Gender Outlaw has been “blacked out” for the day. Here’s more about the trans people who have been killed in the past year due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, faces to keep in the light today.
About Transgender Day of Remembrance:
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.
UPDATE, 11/21/10: The Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) Research Project produces maps each year that graphically display the results of the Trans Murder Monitoring project. They also map the events of International Transgender Day of Remembrance.