Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Transgender Day of Remembrance

transgender symbol

Today is the 9th Annual Day of Remembrance. Every year, people are killed because they are gender-variant. They don't conform to their society's ideas about how a "man" or "woman" should look. It's cowardly and opportunist to attack transgendered people. Because society doesn't value transgendered people's lives as much as it does those who are cisgendered, gender-variant people are easy targets. You can kill them with almost guaranteed impunity in many places.

But these lives matter!

Any system (e.g. community, government, culture) that permits people to kill transgendered people is unsafe for other vulnerable members of that society. People with disabilities are at risk. People of color are at risk. People who are sex workers are at risk. People who are religious minorities are at risk. Lesbians, queers, and gays, tomboys and fairies, bois and grrls, do you see what I'm saying? We all need to be concerned about this.

"If a free society cannot help the many
who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."
President John F. Kennedy

"With the first link, the chain is forged.
The first speech censored,
the first thought forbidden,
the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably."

“While there is a lower class, I am in it;
while there is a criminal element, I am of it;
and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."
Eugene V. Debs, 1913

burning candle


Lisa Harney said...

Thank you for posting this, Tulip. I really appreciate it.

libhom said...

That is a powerful statement. It's so reassuring to read that there are people who get the idea that demonizing the different endangers us all.