Today, we remember those who were mistakenly taken away from us due to phobias. The pioneers of the past and present, who continue to fight for transgender rights,
This is only November, but 2020 is the deadliest year in the history of the transgender community.
Today is November 20, the transgender anniversary. The commemorative event stems from the vigilance of Rita Hester, a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Boston. He is engaged in education on transgender issues there and has trained much LGBTQ+ youth in the city. On November 28, 1998, just a few days before her 35th birthday, she was killed at home. 22 years later, her murder has not been resolved.
On the first anniversary of Hester’s death, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith (Gwendolyn Ann Smith) held a commemorative event to commemorate Hester and all transgender who have suffered violence since Hester’s death people. The vigil started the tradition of the transgender anniversary. Smith wrote for The Advocate in 2014, “At the beginning of Transgender Anniversary, transgender people were in many cases, unnamed victims. Our killers will do their best to eliminate our presence from the world. Law enforcement Departments, media, and other institutions will continue this work.”
This year, in the United States, at least 34 transgender or gender substandard people have been violently killed. This number may be higher; to this day, victims are discriminated against by sex in local police statements and media reports, which may delay people’s awareness of fatal incidents. Most of these victims (such as Hester) were black transgender women living at the intersection of racism, homophobia, and Transphobia. The National Anti-Violence Project Coalition’s report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and hateful violence affected by HIV. It showed that in 2016 (the last year of this report), LGBTQ+ people were murdered Among them, 79% are human colored women, 68% are transgender or gender substandard, and 61% are color transgender.
Just remember these victims, promise to educate you on the problems faced by the transgender community, and understand how to contribute to making our transgender families a safer and more welcoming world Organization to provide support. Being a transgender person in this world does not mean that you have to walk your life behind your goals.