Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20th. It’s a day to memorialize people murdered as the result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people) and also a time to remember those who have died by suicide.
The day serves to bring attention to the continued violence and non-acceptance endured by the transgender community which we see at an alarming new rate all across the United States. Events are planned across the U.S. and in more than 20 countries around the world.
In the preceding 12-month period (November 2021 – November 2022) in the United States alone, 42 people were murdered just for identifying and presenting as Transgender or Gender Non-Binary/Non-Conforming. A majority of those murdered are Transgender Women of Color.
We often confuse a person’s sex with their gender. A person’s sex is determined by their physical anatomy. Gender, is in our minds – how we see and think of ourselves, who we know ourselves to be, how we express ourselves daily to people around us.
People often quantify sex and gender as a binary of two possibilities – female/feminine or male/masculine, with no room for variation in-between. Transgender and Gender Non-Binary/Non-Conforming individuals transcend these traditional gender boundaries, viewing life in as a much fuller, richer continuum of possibilities across the gender spectrum.
In recent years with the rise in ultra-conservatism, ultra-religious activists, TERFS (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists), the MAGA movement and anti-LGBTQI+/Anti-Transgender legislation enacted across the nation aimed at Transgender people and their parents, it’s increasingly unsafe for our children to attend public school, participate in sports or public events.
Thankfully parents of Trans/Non-Binary students are standing up and defending their children with demands that they be treated with equal dignity, respect and consideration.
In Northern New York, this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance commemoration service will be held free via Zoom on Sunday, November 20th, 2022 beginning at 2 pm. Registration is available online. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.