Today, November 20, is the 18th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the Transgender community.
According to LGBT organizations and news sources, 2017 has been one of the deadliest years on record for members of the Transgender community with at least seven or more murdered. Unfortunately, the Transgender members of our LGBTQ community continue to bear a disproportionate amount of the hatred, violence and prejudice directed towards our community. Transgender women particularly of color, are too often forced to live marginalized lives and as such are more likely to be victims of violence, under or unemployed, homeless and lack access to medical care. This will only cease when members of the LGBQ community, our allies and all people of good will stand together with Transgender women and men as we all fight for full equality.
While the Center for Black Equity and our nearly fifty affiliates around the world join with the thousands of people to remember the lives of Transgender men and women who have been victims of violence, there is a bright light on the horizon with the recent election of six Transgender women and men around the nation including two African Americans to the Minneapolis City Council. Achieving these political breakthroughs are yet another important step towards full Transgender equality.
On this TDOR, the CBE remembers those Transgender men and women who were victims of violence only because of who they are but we are also hopeful for the future when all members of our Transgender community can live full and healthy lives without fear from hurt, harm or danger. We can together make our world a better place.