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Anti Trans Violence

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

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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

James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
James 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.

Questions From Readers About Anti-Trans Violence

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Anti-trans violence is not going away anytime soon. My last blog post on anti-trans violence touched on issues that deserve far greater consideration than I'm capable of providing in one post, so this time I'm responding to some comments I've received over the past week.

The Sandy Hook Tragedy, Anti-Trans Violence And Codes Of Masculinity

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The perpetrators of mass murder are almost always male. What is it about our codes of masculinity in this society that valorize violence to such a degree that shooting sprees are becoming commonplace?

Trans Womanhood On Trial: Transmisogyny In The Assault Trial Of Former FDNY Firefighter Taylor Murphy

Laverne Cox | Posted 02.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

Reading about the trial of former New York City firefighter Taylor Murphy, who is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, model Claudia Charriez, I was saddened and infuriated by the attempt of Murphy's legal counsel as well as the press to discredit and delegitimize Charriez.

The Inseparable Link Between Discrimination, Economic Injustice, And Anti-Transgender Violence

Peggy Shorey | Posted 04.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Peggy Shorey

Deoni Jones was 23 years old, fatally stabbed while waiting at a bus stop in Washington, D.C. Police say they have no evidence that this particular stabbing was related to her gender identity. Regardless, she was one of too many transgender women violently killed.

Living Authentically in West Hollywood

Kylar W. Broadus | Posted 02.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Kylar W. Broadus

When I landed in Los Angeles for the first-ever trans people of color town hall and the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, I immediately heard that a trans woman of color, 32-year-old Cassidy Vickers, had been murdered.

Occupying DC's Metropolitan Police Department

Emily Brooks | Posted 01.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Emily Brooks

Perhaps in Washington, D.C., residents need to occupy the Metro Police Department (MPD) to publicize the department's bigoted policing policies toward the city's transgender residents.

A Hostile Climate Continues For Transgender People

Genny Beemyn | Posted 01.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Genny Beemyn

K-12 schools and colleges must take the lead in recognizing and educating about gender diversity. They must implement nondiscrimination policies inclusive of gender identity and expression to protect transgender youth.

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Remembering Our Dead, Seeking Justice For Our Living

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 01.19.2012 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

On Nov. 20 we grieve the deaths and memorialize and celebrate the lives of persons who have died at the hands of those whose hatred and prejudice toward transgender people has led to acts of unspeakable violence.

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Remembering Our Dead And Our Living

Rebecca Juro | Posted 01.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

Every Transgender Day of Remembrance, I wonder how many more transgender people will have to be murdered in acts of hate-fueled violence before the politicians finally get it.