Today is the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), marked around the world to commemorate the Trans people who have lost their lives in the last year.
Whether their lives have been lost due to murder or through suicide, we need to make a difference and change attitudes to encourage everyone to accept every person as human and treat them with respect.
The Trans Violence Tracker has identified 268 murders in the last year, 77 instances of direct physical violence, 6 suicides, and 3 missing persons. (http://www.transviolencetracker.org/index.php/82-blog/110-preliminary-tvtp-transgender-violence-report-for-transgender-awareness-2014). Considering the environment in some countries, where governments support the active discrimination of Trans people, I’m surprised these figures aren’t higher. Perhaps more poignant is the data that is missing from the Trans Violence Tracker from countries who do not monitor this type of attack.
Today is also a day to make a difference, whether it’s by holding an event to commemorate the people who are no longer with us or by simply starting the process of challenging Transphobia wherever you see it and supporting our Trans friends, family members and colleagues.
Raise awareness, even if it is only today, of the struggle faced by Trans people who face abuse and stigma simply because they want to live their lives in their gender identity regardless of biology.
If you want any help or support in tackling Transphobia please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org .