Transgender Day of Remembrance

Debbie says:


I wrote another whole post this afternoon, and I’ll put it up in a day or two. But then I noticed that it’s the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, and I wanted to take a moment to value the  people whose names are on the miserably long 2015 list at the link.  Here’s one, chosen at random while scrolling through:

Vandressa Vinnitt
Cause of death: gunshot
Location of death: Realengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death: May 18th, 2015

Violence against transgendered people (like so many other things) disproportionately affects people of color and people who identify as or present as women.

When I think about the transgender people in my life, that list is also long, and extremely impressive. Partly because of my ethnic identity and social status, and partly because of luck, they are all alive and well, and I appreciate every one of them. I’ve learned so much about gender, about identity, about happiness, about joy, about friendship, about challenge, and about human individuality; it’s no one’s job to be my teacher, but it’s my job to learn.

I mourn the deaths, and I live my life in opposition to the bigotry that causes them.  In the context of trans rights, and the context of refugee rights, and so many other contexts, we are here to appreciate the rich, vast variety of human life, not to pick and choose who has the right to be human.