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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Name Our Own

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 06.05.2014 | 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.

LOOK: Rumored Russian Presidential Candidate Goes Nude For Transgender Rights

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Top Russian lawyer Masha Best sent shockwaves when she came out as both transgender and bisexual in wake of her country's crackdown on the lesbian, ga...

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.

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.

Charges Dropped in Transgender Woman Islan Nettles' Murder: What Now?

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

What happened to Islan Nettles is neither unique nor remarkable. Too often, this is what happens when someone dies at the hands of anti-transgender violence. Victims are forgotten, perpetrators are let free, and the world moves on as though nothing happened.

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.

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.

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.

CBS Program Mike and Molly Says 'F*ck You' to the LGBT Community

Sue Kerr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

I was stunned into silence the other night when we tuned in to the second episode of the season. In the first 15 minutes I counted a lesbian-prison-rape joke, a straight-men-perceived-as-gay joke, a Carl-kissed-a-trans-woman-ha-ha-ha joke, and a joke about said trans woman's genitals.

The Arts of Living and Dying: Spiritualities for Transgender Day of Remembrance

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

In preparation for Transgender Day of Remembrance, those who celebrate and survive may draw from ancient traditions of world cultures that meditate on death as a way that the living can not only mourn but embrace a deeper gratitude for life itself -- both the lives of those lost and our own.

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.

An All Hallows' Eve Vigil to Begin Transgender Awareness Month

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

All Saints' Day also marks the first day of Transgender Awareness Month, with its own equivalent annual vigil, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate those slain in anti-transgender hate crimes.

LOOK: Biggest Transgender Stories Of 2012

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices

While there's still a lot more work to be done, 2012 saw some remarkable milestones for transgender people both in the U.S. and abroad. From Vice P...

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.

Everyday People

Kylar W. Broadus | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Kylar W. Broadus

I ask every reader to commit to educating yourself and getting to know trans people. My guess is that you're even related to someone or work with someone whom you just might not know is trans. Secondly, I ask you to be aware of your actions and words so as not to perpetuate hate.

A Prayer For The Transgender In Us All

John Shore | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
John Shore

Be with our transgender brothers and sisters today, Lord. Hold them to you. You, of all people, know how they've suffered. And you of all people know why.

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.

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: More Than A List Of Names

Allyson D. Robinson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Allyson D. Robinson

The Transgender Day of Remembrance reminds us just how much is at stake. It shocks us out of the day-to-day detachment that our privilege grants us. It refuses to allow us to go about our advocacy and activism as if it were just a job or hobby. And if it causes us to shed a tear, so much the better.

Becoming Worthy Allies To Our Transgender Neighbors

Donna Red Wing | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, I am filled with anger, guilt and sorrow. I need to remember those we have lost with dignity and respect. I need to do what I can to make sure that they are never an afterthought in my circles, my work or my world. I need to be an ally.