Today is TDOR, the Transgender Day of Remembrance. TDOR is, as the TDOR website states, a day to “memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.” They list the people being remembered this year here. Instead of writing a post of my own today, I will offer a link to JamieAnn Meyers‘s “Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011: Remembering Our Dead, Seeking Justice for Our Living.”
Meyers ends with the following words:
And so we continue to gather as a community every Nov. 20, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, to celebrate the lives of those among us who are killed each year by those who continue to harbor fear and hatred of transgender persons. Let us work together to educate and help others understand transgender identities so that someday we may bring an end to ignorance and fear at the root of transphobia. Let us work together to open our hearts so that all people are respected, accepted and welcomed at the table where each of us is fed and nourished without regard to gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, social class or economic situation, ability, or age.