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Transgender Violence

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.

No Masks Allowed: Dating When Your Teen Is Transgender

Mary J. Moss | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

Should I wait until I am in a serious relationship and absolutely sure the guy is right for me and will be supportive of my son? If I do wait and find that I have developed feelings for this man only to discover that he won't be supportive of my son, then I must end the relationship. So since I won't know how supportive he'll be until I take off my mask and test the waters, that's what I do.

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.

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.

Transgender Woman Murdered Only Steps From Her Home (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

In a story that is depressingly familiar, another transgender woman has lost her life at the hand of an attacker. Alejandra Leos was reportedly sho...

Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.

Vigil Held For Transgender Woman Burned To Death

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices

A vigil took place over the weekend for a 31-year-old transgender woman whose body was tragically found burned to death and hidden behind a dumpster l...

What Research About Transgender People Can Teach Us About Gender and Inequality

Tristan Bridges | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Tristan Bridges

Most people think of gender as some kind of inalienable property of individuals -- as something we either are or have. Decades of scholarship on gender have uncovered a perspective at odds with the conventional wisdom.

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 Woman Allegedly Murdered By Housemate

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices

A New Jersey transgender woman died earlier this week after allegedly being attacked by a man living in her boarding house. Eyricka Morgan, 26, rep...

Trans Individuals Murdered At A Rate Almost 50 Percent Higher Than Lesbians And Gays In July

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices

Transgender murders in North and South America in July occurred at a rate almost 50 percent higher than that of gays and lesbians according to a new s...

WATCH: Brutal Beating Of Russian Transgender Woman Caught On Video (GRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices

A horrifying new video hit the web this weekend, documenting what appears to be a brutal attack on a Russian transgender woman by five men after she h...

Arrest In Brutal Transgender Beating Investigation

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 08.22.2013 | Los Angeles

A 21-year-old Los Angeles man was in custody Friday on suspicion of being one of four men who allegedly beat a transgender woman last month in Hollywo...

WATCH: Monica Beverly Hillz Opens Up About Life Before 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Randall Jenson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

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Transgender Day Of Remembrance: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

I had the unpleasant task of having to report on 20-odd transgender deaths during the past year. Sometimes, just presenting the victims' names and how they died is enough to convey the importance of observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Stephanie and Ukea: 10 Years Later

Monica Roberts | Posted 10.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Monica Roberts

Ten years later, the double murder of transteens Stephanie Thomas and Ukea Davis still hasn't been solved. It saddens me and other DC-area transpeople who remember that horrific crime that it hasn't.

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.

What Gwen Araujo Taught Me

Amos Mac | Posted 01.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Amos Mac

How could a 17-year-old trans woman from a town just 30 miles from San Francisco, America's queer holy land, be murdered and buried in a shallow grave by the side of the road by her supposed peers?

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.