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Today we remember those we’ve lost to anti-transgender violence.

If you don’t want to be alone today, there are a list of observances and vigils here.

If you want to be alone, but still need someone to talk to, Trans Lifeline is a non-profit support line for transgender people and people struggling with gender identity. They’re available by phone in the US (877-565-8860) and Canada (877-330-6366).

GLAAD (@glaad) has a longer list of resources, including international organizations, and some that use online chat.

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remember every trans person who has lost their life due to transphobia

today is transgender day of remembrance and we remember

For Zella Ziona, Diana Sacayán, Rafaela Capucci, Melvin, Kiesha Jenkins, Chocobar Marcela, Keyshia Blige, Jasmine Collins, Tamara Dominguez, Elisha Walker, Kandis Capri, Ashton O'Hara, Shade Schuler, Amber Monroe, KC Haggard, Nephi Luthers, India Clarke, Daya Rani Kinnar, Mercedes Williamson, Laura Vermont, Francela Méndez Rodríguez, London Chanel, Yosvani Muñoz Robaina, Almaroof Bijli, Saima Shahzadi, Shah Zaib and Billi, Vanessa Santillan, Kristina Grant Infiniti, Sumaya Dalmar, Bri Golec, Piu da Silva, Penny Proud, Taja DeJesus, Marisol Almeida, Yazmin Vash Payne, Papi Edwards, Hande Ö, Lamia Beard, Ty Underwood, Gizzy Fowler, Deshawnda Sanchez, Keymori Shatoya Johnson and many others.

Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Today is a day of remembrance.

A day to remember our siblings, our friends, our parents, our co-workers and those we’ve never met.

A day to remember all those who were lost.

However we lost them.

But unfortunately, it’s a day that forces us to remember how we lost them.

To remember all those who were viciously and mercilessly bullied, and victimised for who they were.

To remember those who were taken from us by bigotry, ignorance and hate.

To remember those who lost themselves, and felt that they had no reason to carry on.

It’s a day that highlights the importance of education. Imagine how many of us would still be here if everyone just understood, if they were taught from an early age.

And so I leave to you, my siblings, my friends, my family, a message. A message to uplift, and inspire.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - E.E. Cummings.

Just a reminder to our cis allies:
Transgender Day of Remembrance is NOT the trans equivalent of Gay Pride. We aren’t throwing parades. We aren’t throwing parties. We aren’t celebrating.

We are reading the names of our dead. We are trying to make it clear that more than half of all LGBTQIA non-suicide deaths are murdered trans women. These are almost entirely trans women of color. We are mourning our dead and raising awareness of the danger and presumed disposability of trans lives.

We’re drawing the clear line of cause to effect between the transphobia that pervades our culture and society and the murders of trans women of color. When you’re pointing out the routine dehumanization of trans people, when you’re talking about the transphobia suffused through all of the news coverage of trans people (and the conflation of trans people and Intersex people - see the coverage of Taylor Leann Chandler today), make sure you’re pointing out how it directly leads to violent murders and the lack of investigation and urgency in solving those murders. 

We have exactly one state in which defense attorneys are prohibited from using the “Trans Panic” defense to justify their clients’ murdering trans women. It’s routine for women who manage to survive attempts on their life to be arrested and jailed (usually in men’s prisons) for daring to defend themselves. 

The goal of Transgender Day of Remembrance is to create a world in which it no longer needs to exist. Raising awareness is great, but make sure you know what you’re raising awareness of on TDOR. Talk about the poor trans women of color and LOUDLY value their lives, don’t just advocate for middle class trans women and trans men. Go ahead and talk about how 50% of LGBTQIA homeless youth are trans, how they get kicked out of their homes and put in dangerous living situations because they are trans. Talk about how 41% of trans people have attempted suicide. Talk about how many people are dying through those means, but don’t you dare forget the trans women of color whose lives we are recognizing and whose deaths we are mourning today. Make sure you’re talking about the link between them.

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We celebrate International Transgender Day of Remembrance with a look at all the transgender men and women who died for simply living their lives.

Diana Sacayan dedicated her life to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community in her native Argentina. But that work was cut tragically short in October, when the prominent activist was found murdered in her Buenos Aires home. She was one of three transgender women killed in Argentina in the span of a month, and she is one of dozens of men and women whose lives are honored on Friday, November 20, as crowds gather around the world to observe International Transgender Day Of Remembrance.

At least 79 people have died from anti-trans violence so far this year, according to the list maintained by International Transgender Day of Remembrance organizers.

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