Today, people across the country will gather in vigils for transgender people who have been murdered in the past year. It’s the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The list of names of those murdered in the past year can be found here. The trans community faces violence every day, and even in death, they face the violence of misgendering and misnaming from news sources reporting on the crime. The victims of transphobia are overwhelmingly people of color. The 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-affected Hate Violence Report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects reports that of the murder victims, 80% were people of color, 55% women, and 50% women of color. More information can be found here.
Beautiful and powerful art by trans artists, collected by Forward Together can be found here. “Our goal is to directly uplift the work of trans visual artists and creative writers of color who are using art to fight for their communities.”
Last year, we reported on some of the TDOR events held by Episcopal Churches. We welcome you to share your events this year in the comments. How are you supporting the trans community in your parish?