Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring Those Lost to Terror

The Leffews, fresh off its own bout of gay-on-gay attacks, are our go-to family on meaningful days. Like National Prayer Day, Mother’s Day, and even Halloween. With today’s National Transgender Day Of Remembrance, we tune in for a mini-history lesson on Rita Hester, the Boston trans-woman found stabbed to death in 1998.

Which brings us to vlogger Erin (aka “grishno”), a trans-woman who counts at least 101 trans folks around the world, murdered because of their identity. Says Erin: “In the face of danger and death, with numbers like this, we still stand up and say, ‘This is who we are, and weren’t not going to compromise for that.’”

As we mourn the loss of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, the Puerto Rican teen found mutilated and dead wearing a dress and women’s boots, let’s remember we’re all brothers and sisters. And we all need to have each other’s backs.

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  • pantherq

    We need to stop this tendency to reinforce divisions within the LGBT community. This post has been on all day and no one has commented, are your keyboards broken?, from traffic on other stories I think not. Even on progressive sites we are still being used as a wedge. We need to start depending on each other more or the righties will get their way. Look to places like Germany in the nineteen thirties which was suffering prolonged economic problems. The stratification needs to stop.

  • depfox

    Very well Said Pantherq.

  • K

    The fact that this place is called queerty bothers me because it seriously and obviously caters to the white homonormative assimilationist agenda. The fact that trans people are so marginalized bothers the fuck out of me. And to think that those numbers of trans people who are dead due to hate is very well just estimated and not an actual reflection of the true nature of the crimes makes me sick.

  • Tackel

    @Panthera & @K
    I will also say,well said. We do have too many divisions within the GLBT communities. And transgendered people are “marginalized”. It’s sad that our community cares and comments more on the morning goods,than if a trans person gets murdered. Where are our PRIORITIES!!

  • Rodney A Ballard (Yelhsa), Nottingham,NG3-6FT

    As Transgender Day of Remembrance is now upon us, I would like to mention the following;-
    Regarding the Murder of Kellie Telesford in November 2007,there is now a webpage up which goes a little further than my comments previously regarding Kellie and shows her link to higher levels of existence though this is ongoing and there will be a link hopefully in the near future to a yet unsolved murder here in the UK. See

    Now regarding ALI who was murdered in Iraq for being Transsexual, I did make contact with her and with the aid of Kellie and the entity Medusa was able to save that person whose soul name is ALI EFORAST ZUNORASTOR FREAST. You can rest assured that Ali exists on a higher plane and is happy and free of the problems of the last ensoulment.

  • grishno

    Hey, that’s me up there. Look at that. =)

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