According to The Human Rights Campaign, 23 transgender people were killed in the United States previous year. The day was founded by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, in 1999 to commemorate the murder of Rita Hester, another transgender woman in Allston, Massachusetts, US. "Louis-Police-20170823-0037.html" class="local_link" >transgender people have been killed so far in the United States this year, a number that breaks annual records, according to several advocacy groups in a report released days prior to Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Violence against trans people remains a defining aspect of trans lives and the Trans Day of Remembrance is our community's opportunity to bear witness to end-result of the anti-trans hate trans people face, as a community.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband compared the frequent attacks on transgender people in the British press to the outrage that gay people and lesbians faced in the 1980's.
Between 2013 and 2017, the states with the highest number of transgender deaths were California and Louisiana, at 10, the report also found; Texas had 9 deaths, and OH had 8.
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Discrimination against transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people is a regular feature, with this discrimination sadly increasing towards transgender children. It also aims to draw attention to the continued violence the transgender community endures.
For TDOR, GLAAD will remember the meaningful lives of those trans people that have been killed this year.
"TDOR is our time to acknowledge and mourn those who have been victims to the still prevalent levels of transphobia, violence and hatred".
Being authentically yourself takes courage, and nobody understands that better than trans people, especially trans people of color. "We have to be who we truly are, and we do it despite the violence that might be perpetrated against us".