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Transgender Day of Remembrance

After the Vigil: Offerings of Love, Resilience and Chosen Family

Hayden Mora | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Hayden Mora

Here in Washington, DC, we have created an organization called Casa Ruby, committed to creating new possibilities for the most vulnerable. Casa Ruby offers transitional housing, a safe place, and meals for the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community.

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.

What Does Transgender Day of Remembrance Mean to the Trans Community?

Quora | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Today is the Day of Transgender Remembrance. For those who do not know the day, it's a day that we reflect on the trans lives that have been lost to violence this year. The list of names this year is longer than it's ever been.

After the Vigil: Offerings of Love, Resilience and Chosen Family

Ruby Corado | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Ruby Corado

While so much has changed for me and for our community, the world is still not a kind place for someone like me: an HIV positive, indigenous, immigrant and trans woman of color. What has gotten me this far and what inspires me to keep going is the resilience, creativity and tenacity of the trans and genderqueer community.

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.

The Killing of Transgender Women: Responding With a Different List

Louis F Graham | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Louis F Graham

Negative attitudes and beliefs about gender nonconforming identities and people alone cannot explain the unrelenting violence against black and brown transgender women.

National Transgender Day of Remembrance: The Message Is You Are Important to Us and We Need You to Survive

Toni Newman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In those moments you feel no one cares and no one loves you, remember you are important and we need you to survive. After 25 years in the transgender community, I can assure you it will not always be bad.

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 Courage of Being Transgender in Public

Victoria Kolakowski | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Victoria Kolakowski

I believe that the willingness to be oneself, one's true self, openly in public is a scary thing for anyone. Honesty in the face of adversity is a form of moral strength. For transgender people, being "out" can be downright dangerous.

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

Queering Winter Holidays: Reclaiming Hanukkah and Christmas to Build LGBTQIA Unity

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Queering the winter holidays, let's celebrate our uniquely inclusive community where deep and real friendships cross every boundary -- without judgment or fear between us.

The Three C's I Experience When Coming Out As Trans

Leo Sheng | Posted 02.14.2015 | Teen
Leo Sheng

I feel like I owe it to those people to speak up and speak out, but I also owe it to myself to respect myself enough not to toss out my experiences carelessly. Like I said before, I'm cool with talking about gender. It's something that needs to be talked about.

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.

Remembering Our Dead

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

I think that remembering, when we remember our dead today, is an active verb. Our remembering today is a vocal and a vigorous act of naming a people and describing a hate that is not pretty, or comfortable, or nostalgic.

Trans Lifeline: Trans People Helping Trans People to Prevent Trans Deaths

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As the world marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate the transgender and gender-nonconforming people taken from us by violence in the past year, a new resource -- the trans-staffed crisis phone line Trans Lifeline -- is now available to help trans people.

Here's How You Can Share Your Story For Transgender Day Of Remembrance

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices

For this year's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those individuals we've lost to transphobic violence and hate, why not share...

Despite Progress, Transgender Activists Still Fear They Face An Uphill Battle

Reuters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a 12-year-old boy went on the Oprah Winfrey show to announce he was tran...

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.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.