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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021

By Charlotte Robinson, November 20, 2021


Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20th as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. In this country since January of 2021 at least 46 transgender or gender-nonconforming/non-binary people have been murdered making 2021 the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States. David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition stated, “For Black people who face an onslaught of violence, the murders of Black transgender people feel like a silent epidemic that prevents every member of our beautifully diverse community from being safe, happy, healthy & whole. All levels of our government need urgent action to address this crisis. It is incumbent upon all of us to stop these killings & protect our transgender siblings. At a time when Republican-led legislatures throughout the country are passing laws aimed at undermining the rights & safety of transgender children - we need a robust response from the federal government that loudly declares that all transgender lives have value & that transgender people are not disposable. Jaida’s life matters. Dominique’s life matters. Remy’s life matters. Tiara’s life matters. Natalie’s life matters. Iris’ life matters. Tiffany’s life matters. Keri’s life matters. Jahaira’s life matters. We say their names to honor them, knowing that true justice is never possible for them because true justice would have them living & celebrating life with us now. We can & must do better. The time for action is now.” Visit the 2021 list of known trans & nonbinary siblings lost to violence & hate. 

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