Today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The official site lists 30 murders of transgendered people between November 20, 2009 and November 19, 2010. That number is certainly smaller than the real number. One trans friend of mine cites 179 murders this year, a number which is probably still a good deal smaller than the real number, but (sadly) more plausible. She goes on to say “one would be too many.”
All we can do for the dead is remember them. All we can do for the living is support and protect them as best we can. The right to live in the body that suits you is surely one of the most basic rights a human being can have.