2010 Transgender Day of Remembrance
Since the first event in 1998 remembering the death of Rita Hester,the transgender community and their supporters have gathered eachNovember 20th, all across the country, to remember our trangenderbrothers and sisters and supporters that have been brutallymurdered by senseless acts of violence.For the first time transgender supporters gather in Maryville, TN tobring attention to this tragedy and to honor those that are no longerwith us.In the list of victims that follow you may notice an exceptionalamount of “sex workers”. It is a sad reality that many transgenderpeople turn to prostitution in order to survive as employmentdiscrimination against a transgender person is consideredacceptable. This makes them no less a person deserving of dignityand a full life.For many of these murders we will never truly know the motivationof the killer, but judging by the abhorrent way that most of thevictims were killed it can be assumed they were thought less thanhuman. For most there will never be a suspect or a prosecution.These names represent only a fraction of transgender peoplemurdered since November 20, 2009. Many we will never hear of astheir gender identity is “normalized” at the time of death eitherthrough ignorance of those reporting or perceived shame by thevictim’s family.