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Transgender Day of Remembrance Writings: Memorializing, Listening, Taking Action

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by Chelsea

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It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside to memorialize the people who have been killed over the last year because of anti-trans hatred and prejudice. If you’re interested in participating in a vigil, you can find one here.

In the meantime, we wanted to point you in the direction of a few of the best things we’ve read recently about Transgender Day of Remembrance, about people’s personal experiences, and/or about action you can take.

“TDOR 2014 Musings” from TransGriot
“…It is an opportunity for the trans community to raise awareness that we exist and these murders are happening. It gives an opportunity to partner with our allies, community build, grieve for our dead, and steel ourselves for the ongoing task to ensure that we do the necessary work to make the TDOR’s unnecessary.”

“Invisibility: Craving for Representation as a Trans Person of Color” from Black Girl Dangerous
“[My aunt] doesn’t know much about trans people – what she knows, she has learned from the media. First, she remembered that genital reconstruction surgery is expensive, and a privilege reserved for the upper classes. And second, she remembered that poor trans women of color are often assaulted and murdered, and that nobody seems to care. She was worried about me.”

 “Remembering Us When We’re Gone, Ignoring Us While We’re Here: Trans Women Deserve More” from Autostraddle
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to honor those women who came before us, those women murdered by colonial patriarchy. But it seems like more often than not, the queer community at large is content with just remembering. We only hear about trans women after their deaths.”  

The author of this piece also provides a great list of places to give your money if you want it to benefit trans women, as opposed to queer/LGBT causes at large.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance: Critique is Resistance; Resistance is Revolution” from Autostraddle
“I implore you to sit back and ask yourself how you contribute to the violence and injustice against trans women of color. How do you reinforce the marginalization and ostracism of myself and my sisters? It’s all fine that we become aware of our lives but we need more than for you to finally see that we are walking this Earth. We need you to hear us. We need you to sit quietly, take notes, and begin to conceptualize what a restructured system that is void of misogynist, racist, ableist, etc oppression would look like.”

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