Never Forget

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Paying Tribute To 10 Victims of Violence

No jokes today—it’s International Transgender Day Of Remembrance, when we recall those who have been lost to violence simply because of their gender identity or gender expression. Our plan had been to profile several victims from this year, but we were shocked by their sheer number (more than 200 in 2011 alone). Also disturbing is how few of these crimes have been solved, how many of the victims were trans women of color, and how much mainstream coverage focused on the victim’s gender and possible links to illicit activities.

Today we recount just some of these tragic losses, but we pray for all the members of the global trans community who have been attacked or murdered.