Mod Note: Don’t be an asshole. If you wouldn’t say it at a funeral, don’t say it here.
Today is a sombre day for many transfolk and their families and friends, because we remember those people who were killed or driven to suicide because of transphobic prejudice.
Here are the names of but a few of those who died at the hands of bigots:
Gwen Araujo (February 24, 1985 – October 3, 2002) was murdered by four men, two of whom she’d been sexually intimate with prior to the event. She was beaten and strangled when they discovered she was transgender.
Robert Eads (December 18, 1945 – January 17, 1999) died of ovarian cancer, and could have been saved had those doctors (of whom there were more than 20) who refused to treat him, decided to save a life rather than show prejudice.
Six trans women (Idania Roberta Sevilla Raudales, Luisa Alvarado Hernández, Lady Óscar Martínez Salgado, Reana ‘Cheo’ Bustamente, Fergie Alice Ferg and Génesis Briget Makaligton) were brutally murdered in Honduras this year.
Nine trans people were murdered in the United States, among them Tyra Trent of
Baltimore, Maryland and Krissy Bates of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Many more trans people than these mentioned here have died because of transphobia. Still more are subject to physical, sexual and verbal abuse and harassment every day, some with little or no recourse because of poverty and intersecting oppressions. Countless trans people live in fear of discrimination and hate crimes.
I’ll close this post by saying this: Nobody should be mistreated for merely existing and nobody should ever have to live in fear of such mistreatment. I urge everyone to speak out against transphobia, and lend their support to the trans community, so that there might be fewer of us as victims of hate crime next year.