Thursday, November 20, 2014

Transgender Remembrance Day

Every year, November 20th is a day of remembrance for transgender people who have died of violence that year. This day should be filled with sadness, grief and rage for anyone who cares for their fellow human beings. These deaths happened due to the ravages of ignorance and fear of anything different.

It's absolutely horrifying that these terrible acts of violence are still happening, especially when they're prompted by nothing more than gender expression. That's no reason to attack or kill someone. That's no reason to treat anyone poorly in any way.

May those who have been robbed of life rest in peace. May all attacked recover quickly, and may the world at large become more accepting of those whose genders don't match with their bodies' sex.

To my transgender friends and acquaintances - thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life, no matter how small. You're all beautiful and worthy of celebration.

And to my readers who may not know much about the transgender experience, please find some time to listen to and read transgender peoples' stories. It takes a lot of bravery to talk about many of the issues they've been forced to face throughout their lives.

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