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After the Transgender Day of Remembrance -- Fighting Back

Aidan Key | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Aidan Key

Fighting back means understanding that we are beautiful. Inside and out. We are exceptional and amazing. If we don't believe it, it will be difficult to convince others to do the same.

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.

This Murdered Trans Woman Lived To Inspire Others

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices

This is the final part of a three-part series written and reported by Kaley Fowler for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. To read this story on the ...

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.

Stop Trans* Murders!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

As you remember the transgender lives lost this year, know that you are walking at the crossroads of so many forms of oppression. If you have personal and institutional power, know that you are not helpless in the face of these atrocities; you can do something.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

This is by no means a complete list. Most transgender deaths are unreported or lost due to misgendering.

The Life and Death of Coming Out Trans

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Sometimes I am asked if it frightens me to be open as a transgender woman. Yes, of course it does. But I will not hide. I am not ashamed of who I am.

Think Again: Transgender Day of Remembrance Is for Me -- and You

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

Last year I attended my first Transgender Day of Remembrance. My teenage trans daughter had been out only six months, and no matter how much we loved, accepted, and supported her, there seemed to be so much hatred and pain lying in wait beyond our front door. Throughout the entire vigil I wept openly and profusely. So this year I had not planned to attend TDOR.

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 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.

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 Growing Importance of Trans Remembrance

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Attendance continues to grow, including that of elected leaders. The U.S. Secretary of State himself, John Kerry, issued a statement today. That the trans community has reached that level of political importance is noteworthy, and this increase in importance and exposure feeds on itself.

Honoring Transgender New Yorkers

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

This summer alone, we saw numerous attacks on trans New Yorkers, including the murder of 21-year-old Islan Nettles in Harlem. We must do more to end this hate.

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.

Lessons From My First Transgender Day of Remembrance

Shane'a Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane'a Thomas

As much as Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time for memorializing those who have died, this day, this week, this month, this year, this lifetime and beyond need to be committed to ensuring the safety of all who place footprints on the Earth.

A Kaddish Prayer for International Transgender Day of Remembrance

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Though those who were killed in transphobic acts of violence in the past year may not have been known to us personally, many of us hold their memories in our minds and hearts as fallen brothers and sisters, so the recitation of the Kaddish seems especially fitting.

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 Reminds Society That Trans Lives Are Valuable

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

In the face of pervasive discrimination, harassment, and violence, Transgender Day of Remembrance is a way for us to show that trans lives are valuable. It is this perceived lack of value that underpins so many of the challenges that those of us in the transgender community face.

Do We Care About Trans Rights?

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Universal human rights are not available à la carte: No one gets to pick and choose who deserves rights and who doesn't. Either everyone has them or they cannot be considered universal. For far too many trans people, the struggle for basic rights has become a matter of life and death.

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.

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.

CeCe McDonald: Survivor And Leader

Laverne Cox | Posted 01.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

Transgender Day of Remembrance is the day when we memorialize those we've lost to anti-trans violence, but CeCe's story reminds me that many amongst us are survivors of anti-trans violence. We must remember our survivors, too.

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Why We Remember

Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Gwendolyn Ann Smith

In 1999 a handful of transgender people sought to highlight the need for awareness around anti-transgender violence. To that end, we held the first Transgender Day of Remembrance event in the Castro district of San Francisco, holding the names of those we'd lost in silent testimony.