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Anti Trans Violence

As A Trans Woman Of Color, I Should Only Have 4 Years Left To Live

Trav Pittman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Trav Pittman

Let's talk about education, let's talk about good, real data and how to get it, let's talk about calling trans and gender nonconforming people --  dead or alive -- by their proper names. If there's one thing my mom refusing to open her bills has taught me, it's that ignoring something doesn't make it go away.

Why We Should Be Thanking Caitlyn Jenner

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 11.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Whether or not you endorse the statements and behaviors of Ms. Jenner, it must be noted that her celebrity has focused attention on a matter too long ignored.

Lives Guided by Fear: In Honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

The sad truth is, this personal moment is not exclusive to November 20th. I, like many others, live perpetually is a state of fear of the reaction from those who do not support my identity.

Trans-attracted Men, You Have a Duty to Speak Up

José Monzon | Posted 08.15.2015 | Black Voices
José Monzon

Openly loving a trans woman might seem like a courageous act, but it is not nearly enough. Circumstances demand that we come out as a community, speak out, and join the struggle to ensure that trans lives truly matter.

What Can We Learn About How We Treat Trans Women in the Wake of Amber Monroe's Death?

Rohin Guha | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Rohin Guha

So here we are then: "Soon" no longer cuts it when blood is being spilled, and our fellow humans are being denied housing, jobs and ultimately, common decency because of who they are.

Ohio and the Epidemic of Anti-transgender Violence

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

While marriage equality may be all but won, and Time declared a transgender tipping point, 2015 is off to a record breaking start. Not the good kind. Through the first seven weeks of 2015 at least six transgender women have been murdered.

In Memory of Aniya Parker, a Transgender Woman Gone Too Soon

Christopher Argyros | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Christopher Argyros

Let us keep Aniya in our hearts and spread our love with our actions. With that we will invoke justice. In the words of the great Cornel West, "Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public."

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Forgotten, the Homeless and the Victims

Toni Newman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My heart belongs to the ladies on 14th Street who stood with me night after night, trying to survive and just be their authentic selves. I cry today for those ladies who are no longer here with us in 2014, but my heart remembers them.

Transgender Day of Remembrance and the Transgender Movement

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

Today we memorialize and celebrate the lives of those transgender and gender-nonconforming persons who were murdered this past year simply because of their gender identities. We also honor the lives of trans people who ended their own lives because they just could not bear to go on in the face of the emotional and/or physical violence brought about by transphobia.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Honor the Dead and the Living

Shelby Chestnut | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Shelby Chestnut

As we honor our friends and family we have lost to anti-transgender violence on Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), how can we ensure that transgender women of color are leading the LGBTQ anti-violence movement?

Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Call to Action for Trans People and Our Allies Alike

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Being transgender isn't what is killing us. It is the culture we live in. It is a culture that teaches people that we aren't real men or women, one that reduces us to jokes intended to inspire visceral reactions of disgust. It is a culture that teaches people that such portrayals are not just acceptable but entirely justified. It is embedded in our culture that we have no value.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

This is by no means a complete list. Most transgender deaths are unreported or lost due to misgendering. I should also point out that not everyone agrees on which types of deaths ought to be included in such lists. I've included domestic violence and suspicious deaths but excluded suicide.

Transgender Violence Tracking Portal: One Year Later

A.J. Walkley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

For the first time ever, there is a database where people can see exactly what is happening to transgender people globally in terms of violent acts against them. The TVTP was launched earlier this year in the hope of accumulating as much data as possible in order to serve as a true resource and, ultimately, to put a stop to such acts.

Pastoral Statement and Call to Action: Ending Anti-Trans Violence Now

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

In Isaiah, God calls us not to live in fear. At first blush this may seem to be a callous or trivial response to what is in fact a horrifying reality. But the prophet who wrote these words and the community that heard them were living through the floods and fires of their own terrifying circumstances.

Does 'Tranny' Matter to a Slave?

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

While LGBT Internet activists and news sites cover the great "tranny" debate, news from Louisiana is that a trans woman was found on the side of the road last week after allegedly having been held in slavery for months.

Islan Nettles' Murder and the Shameful (Non-)Response of LGBs

Christian Fuscarino | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Christian Fuscarino

I am ashamed of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people right now. We've had a great tragedy in our community, and few of us have reacted with even an ounce of the effort we have put into the fight for marriage equality.

We Matter! Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

We celebrate that we are a resilient people, we are a resilient community, we care for one another, we advocate for one another, and we continue to rise up, to live our lives in dignity and truth, and to bring about change in our society.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Anatomy of a Memorial

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

It occurs in a month full of and surrounded by relevant observances and seasons: All Saints and All Souls, when we remember the dead; Thanksgiving, when we express gratitude; Advent, when some of us anticipate Word-made-flesh.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Remembering My Fallen Transgender Sisters Who Loved Me When I Was All Alone

Toni Newman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Today only two of my 13 closest sisters are alive. I close my eyes and see them standing next to me on the street, proud of who they are and never ashamed of their identity. I applaud my fallen sisters for showing me the way with the grace of God.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Rita Hester and Beyond

Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Since Rita Hester's murder, hundreds of others have been murdered. This year more than 200 people have died at the hand of anti-transgender violence. Every two weeks, on average, someone is murdered in the United States in an act of anti-transgender violence.

Allison Woolbert on the Need for Tracking of Anti-Transgender Violence

A.J. Walkley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

One trans* and bisexual activist is taking charge of this problem, turning to Kickstarter in hopes of raising the funding to launch the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal. I sat down with Allison Woolbert to discuss her campaign and what she hopes will come from it.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

I did this for the first time last year. The 20-odd transgender deaths that passed my desk during 2012 were compiled into a post presenting the victims' names and how they died in order to convey the importance of observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I'm doing it again for 2013.

Islan Nettles' Murder: It Couldn't Have Been Me

J Mase III | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What happened to Islan would not have happened to me. As a trans person of color, it would be really easy for me to say that it could have, but the reality is that even though many of my FTM friends and colleagues are at risk, we are still less likely to be murdered than trans women.

Trans Woman Murdered In Turkey Is Country's Fourth Victim In 7 Months

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Following suit of a disturbing trend of anti-trans violence in Turkey, authorities discovered a transgender woman dead in her Istanbul apartment Monda...

Misidentification and Transphobia: One Musician's Experiences Touring America

JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
JamesMichael Nichols

With the knowledge that Janke identifies as trans and has experienced violence in multiple forms in response to this identification, I felt that their travels performing their musical project would in some way speak to issues for trans individuals during this crucial time for the queer community.