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Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance

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?

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Freya Gilbert

St Augustine of Canterbury, Benton Harbor, Michigan here: At the end of the Prayers of the People, the parish collectively prayed a really wonderful prayer by a Jewish rabbi. As it turned out, this was in the context of an informal celebration of Transgender Awareness Week. You see, that Saturday, my parish priest had sent out a parish wide email asking the parish to embrace me as Freya as I transition from being the person I had been with them, toward the new creation I am becoming in Christ as a trans woman. It was a very beautiful and holy day.

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