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Anti Transgender Violence

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

Toni Newman | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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.

Christopher Mathias

New York's Largest Jail To Open Housing Unit For Transgender Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The country’s second-largest jail will open a housing unit this week for transgender women, officials announced Tuesday, in a historic e...

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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.

Botched Robbery or Hate Crime?

Christopher Argyros | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Argyros

Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.

Justice for Lateisha Green

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

We are gathering in support of Lateisha, a young woman who was taken from us too soon, and whom the justice system has utterly failed. This isn't about sending a man back to prison for a terrible crime. This is about sending a message that we will not stand by while the court, and the state, decide to value certain lives more than others.

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.

Lila Shapiro

'These Murders Are A Steady Drumbeat'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter's heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been wa...

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.

Name Our Own

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

Dorothy Allison wrote, "Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is just this -- if we cannot name our own we are cut off at the root...." I use this quotation each year for my church's Trans Day of Remembrance service, an event I am tired of observing. I'm weary of counting our dead, and weary of reading the ways we die.

The Fatal Transgender Double Standard

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Not only are our bodies not our own, neither are the history of your genitals or your genetics. For whatever reason, this seems to only apply to transgender people.

Holding the Line on Transgender Student Protections

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Just as the religious right began learning in 1998 that legislating against marriage equality was a winning issue for them, the current attempt to repeal A.B. 1266 is effectively a test marketing of a new brand of anti-LGBT hate. If they win, you can expect a wave of bills targeting transgender people.

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.

'I Was Attacked For Being Transgender'

Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Owen Smith shared his emotional story of being assaulted for being transgender in an emotional interview with HuffPost Live. Smith, who is now the...

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.

Gay Man Attacked In Alleged Hate Crime: 'I Have A Boot Mark On My Face'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Police are investigating an alleged Oct. 6 assault on a Pennsylvania-based gay man and his boyfriend as a possible hate crime. As CBS reports, Ben...

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.