At this time, transgender individuals and our allies cease and pause to honor the lives of these in our neighborhood misplaced to hate-based violence. Established over 20 years in the past, this solemn day – the Transgender Day of Remembrance – started as a response to the homicide of Rita Hester in Boston, Massachussetts in 1998.
This 12 months, now we have skilled an unprecedented epidemic of violence towards trangender individuals, particularly Black and Latina girls. In 2020, no less than 37 transgender or gender non-conforming individuals have been killed in america. Every of those individuals had been companions, kids, dad and mom, pals, family members, leaders, and engaged members of their communities. They had been taken far too quickly, and every represents a name to motion to stem the violence towards trans individuals. This implies educating the general public, advocating for change in authorities, and lifting the voices of these nonetheless right here to demand equality.
That’s why as we speak is so necessary. Every of those lovely individuals should be remembered. We are going to carry their recollections in our hearts ceaselessly, similar to all these we’ve mourned earlier than. Their loss will function a reminder to us every day that we’d like radical change to finish violence towards trans individuals as soon as and for all. Radical change like elevated entry to secure, inexpensive housing, insurance policies that defend trans individuals from discrimination and enhance financial alternative, the decriminalization of intercourse work, ending money bail, and extra.
Please be part of us as we speak as we maintain vigil for the trans lives misplaced to violence and recommit to combating towards discrimination and hate in all kinds.