Today is celebrated as International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day serves to honor the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming who have been attacked or killed because of their gender identity or expression. Despite the growing visibility of trans communities and advancements of legal protections for trans people, hate-filled violence targeted against trans individuals persists worldwide. In fact, Vice President Joe Biden has called fighting for trans rights is the “civil rights issue of our time.“
At a minimum, I encourage us all to educate ourselves about the lives, experiences, and well-being of trans people — especially those of us who are cisgender (i.e., non-transgender). Here are a few helpful posts from Kinsey Confidential, the blog I contribute to for the Kinsey Institute, and other useful articles:
- International Transgender Day of Remembrance: http://bit.ly/8Ieo8C
- See the important work of Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com
- Who are transgender, genderqueer, and cisgender people? http://bit.ly/bBPmfk
- Examples of cisgender privilege: http://bit.ly/TaUjPc
- Preliminary results from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey on the lives and experiences of trans and gender non-conforming people: http://bit.ly/qV4J0b
- A definition of transphobia (prejudice and discrimination targeted against trans people): http://bit.ly/ApItci
- Trans people of color, especially Black and Latina transwomen, are disproportionately reflected among victims of transphobic violence (http://huff.to/XxfflE). See more on the intersection between race and gender identity and expression (http://bit.ly/pK748r).
- Useful information from the CDC on trans health: http://1.usa.gov/tkDL42
- A great spoken word performance, “Hir,” on the experience of a young transman: http://bit.ly/cUgIXK
It is my hope that this day of remembrance those who have been killed ultimately shifts to a day of celebrating life, prosperity, and pride.