Today, on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we say the names of the 37 persons whose lives were taken too early, who experienced violence because of who they are. 37 humans who even in death experience violence as they are often misgendered in police reports, misgendered by media, if their deaths are even acknowledged.
We say their names. We hold them in our hearts.
The majority of the deaths have been Black, Indigenous, Women of Color. Racism and white supremacy are deeply connected and intertwined with transphobia. The work to protect trans rights, to end violence towards the trans community, must also demand anti-racism work from all of us. We can no longer be complacent and must address the intersectionality of our movements.
Today is the National Transgender Day of Remembrance, but the work must happen every single day. We must do the work so we can continue to create the emergent world that we aspire, where we all can thrive, can find joy and happiness, and live radically authentic lives.
We encourage you to go learn more about today here.