Facing the Transgender Day of Rememberance

Thinking ahead to Monday morning, when a small group of work-friends and colleagues are planning to assemble outside of our office for a brief vigil as part of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR), I am just now starting to add to my shopping list:

  • Candles (24-pack)
  • Tissues (pocket size)
  • Herbal Tea (for afterward)

Being picked to read the list of names of the transgender persons violently killed during the last year brings on a host of somber thoughts.  I will definitely need some practice to make the task less emotional – at least outwardly.  That we are only planning to read the names of the twenty-four (24) transgender or gender nonconforming persons killed within the United States is both a relief and a tragedy since the worldwide list is just too long.

A quick plot of the locations of these deaths is a reminder that the anti-trans hot spots in this country are to be respected for the evil that lurks there behind many facades of righteousness.

Map of transgender deaths
Locations of Violent Deaths of Transgender Persons in the United States (2017)

In contrast, the western U.S. appears to be more of an oasis based upon this year’s numbers, and for me, this last year has been relatively civil out in the public.  The incident with my ex-neighbor, who shortly after the Pulse nightclub tragedy commented: “you queers should start expecting to see a lot more of that [mass murders],” is now fading in my memory.  So many lesbian, gay, and bisexual acquaintances of mine seem very upbeat about mainstream public support for our communities in spite of the current national political climate.  Many of my trans friends, however, continue to be apprehensive.

I am finishing up a cup of tea before going over the list of names again.  If or when you are prepared for it, you can find it from the HRC‘s web page or directly at TDOR.info.

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