Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Remembering our trans sisters and brothers

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.  In recent years other members of the transgender community who have died from other causes have also been memorialized.  Tonight, candles will be lit in towns and cities all over the world to not only remember the dead, but also to bring attention to the lack of equality that we are still faced with.
 
I want to call to your attention an international memorial page that lists names (and cause of death) and invites you to add names of people you notice missing.  Click HERE to go to that site.
 
I also want to add a personal note.  This year a number of trans women and men died here in the San Francisco area.  Some were known by only a few and others by the entire community.  Jazzie Collins was a pioneer who was an activist in many arenas not just the trans community.  A program remembering those here locally, including Jazzie, will be held beginning at 6pm tonight at The LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street in San Francisco. 
 
If there is an event in your town, I urge your participation.  We need to see an end to the hate crimes and discrimination.  We need to honor those who have fought the good fight.  We should always remember our transgender sisters and brothers.

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