Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. As we think about how to teach about racial prejudice, gay marriage rights, women excluding men from conferences, and other excellent and worthwhile topics recently broached on this blog, let’s not forget that there are people who have lost their lives over the way they present their gender. Let’s not forget that fear of violence, not only exclusion, threatens transgendered persons as well as those who, regardless of how they identify, do not fit into neat social norms.

This is not a thing of the past, it happens regularly.

There are events all across the United States today–see if you can find one to attend.

6 thoughts on “Transgender Day of Remembrance

  1. I’d just like to note that in the city where I am (mid-sized, liberal city in a conservative state), there were maybe 200 people at the Day of Remembrance.

    The Prop 8 Rally this past week drew somewhere around 2500.

    It isn’t about pitting sets of rights against one another, but tell me that the right to marry somehow is more important than the right to walk down the street without fear of being stabbed, strangled or raped. And then tell me that the two aren’t somehow intertwined, that our society’s intolerance for those whose gender presentation is variant isn’t also part of their fear of the differences which gay marriage represents.*

    We need to be vocal about the violence in our community–so that people like Mike Huckabee cannot get away with saying things like this.

    *I’m also pretty confident that the violence is part of misogynistic views, too, since the transgendered victims tend to be transgendered women. This is a feminist issue, too.

  2. Really good point, Orlando. I think transgender issues are totally off the radar screen for most people, and we need to do something about that.

  3. Orlando, the last link was not working. I totally agree about raising awareness of transgender issues.

    The Huckabee quote is appalling.

  4. So, they have not been victimized enough to have rights according to him? It does come awfully come to a “keep on complaining and we’ll give you something to complain about”. I know that’s an unfair representation of his quote, but is that more unfair than his take?

    On the other hand, his own skull doesn’t look all that cracked to me. Does that mean he has no rights? Unless one takes his words as evidence of past trauma, of course.

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