This article was published on November 8th, 2018
Transgender rights issues continue to be at the forefront of politics. The New York Times reported that a memo is circulating around the White House that there is a Trump plan to deny transgender people exist within the same 24 hours that the country of Uruguay just extended several federal protections to the trans community. If there ever was a time to stand by transgender brothers and sisters, it is now. November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance and there is no better day than to stand up and vocally be an ally for the trans community.
What started nearly 20 years ago, in 1999, has now become an international day ever November to honor those transgender people who lost their lives in acts of anti-trans violence.
“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence,” said Gwendolyn Ann Smith founder of Transgender Day of Remembrance. “I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
Leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance is Transgender Awareness Week, trying to further spread awareness about the plight of the transgender community. This week will be an opportunity for people and organizations to show their support for the transgender community.
Transgender people continue to be one of the most attacked minority groups in the world. While there has been a better exposure of the community thanks to shows like Pose, Orange is the New Black, and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and high profile trans people having successful careers like Candis Cayne, Laverne Cox, Kim Petras, and Carmen Carrera, there is still a large amount of backlash against the community at home and abroad. There have been hundreds of murders of trans people in the last few years around the world and trans people are three times more likely to commit suicide than the rest of their peers.
The Trump administration has made the trans community a target several times since taking the Executive Branch. He supported multiple southern state’s transgender bathroom bans and has forbade trans people from serving in the United States military. He erased the Obama-era federal protections the transgender community had gained for government workers. And if the New York Times’ DC memo is true, then the President will vocally deny the very existence of transgender people altogether.
Be vocal about your support for Trans people like actress and activist Emma Watson who recently took to her social media to shout her support for the transgender community. Transgender Remembrance Day is also about honoring the T part of the LGBT community and the sacrifices they made for our rights as a whole community. The transgender community is under attack. The rest of the community has got to be there for them and stand up for the transgender community.
For more information about Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit: https://tdor.info/
To see what else you can do to help our trans brothers and sister on this Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Awareness Week visit: https://www.glaad.org/transweek.