Transgender Day of Remembrance: Two Galleries

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a date set aside in 1999 in memory of the murder the previous year of transwoman Rae Hester.

Fourteen years later, the violence continues. According to HuffPost Gay Voices,

This past year 238 trans* people were murdered worldwide, according to Transgender Europe’s Transgender Murder Project. And these are just a fraction of the real number of deaths, because many go unreported, are not designated as hate crimes, or are not recognized as deaths of trans* people, because the media frequently reports birth-assigned names and sexes without honoring the true chosen names and gender identities of the victims.

And, as is well known, the rates of non-fatal assaults and suicides among trans* people are likewise disastrously high.

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Here are two photo galleries to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The first, from Advocate.com features photos and discussions of some of the trans* people who were murdered in 2013. It is a sobering reminder of the importance of this day of remembrance.

The second, much more uplifting, gallery, “16 Beautiful Portraits Of Humans Who Happen to Be Trans,” is part of PolicyMic’s series in honour of Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013.

5 thoughts on “Transgender Day of Remembrance: Two Galleries

  1. It’s important to remember that TDOR has a difficult history regarding race and racial appropriation. The primary victims of trans-directed violence are trans women of color (primarily black trans women), yet the day is often co-opted by white trans women and trans men. Most of the white trans folks with positions of power in the community are extremely resistant to any attempts to rectify their mishandling of these issues.

    Too often TDOR becomes just another day where the voices of white women and men are amplified (like the middle-aged, socioeconomically secure, midwestern white woman who authored the HuffPost article you link to), and the only place trans women of color are expected to be is on the list of our lost.

    But don’t take my word for it, today isn’t the day to listen to people like me (middle-class white women from the US). Here’s an article by a trans woman of color about today and the mistreatment of its racial significance:
    fakecisgirl.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/tdor-for-by-and-about-trans-women-of-color-now/

  2. Thanks, LookItsZee, for a really important reminder. Your point is really well taken. (One of the things that I really like about the second gallery is its diversity!)

  3. I never participate in any of the activities exactly for the reasons Zee raises. I also really worry about the moral licensing TDoR permits people (including trans people, but mostly cis people) for feeling good about posting something small about trans issues and then completely falling down in their own lives about support trans people when it really counts.

    There are also other microaggressions like the Illinois signing of the marriage “equality” law: LGB groups have repeatedly thrown trans people under the bus and removed protections for trans people and gender variant people from key LGB legislations.

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