Today, November 20th, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. A day to reflect on the violence endured by our community in 2019, and honor the memory of those we have lost. As of October there have been at least 21 trans people murdered in the US in 2019, of them, all but one were black women. Additionally I know at least two women of color have died in the custody of law enforcement, ICE and NYPD. Today is the day we remember their names and mourn their loss.
Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker, Michelle 'Tamika' Washington, Paris Cameron, Chynal Lydnsey, Chanel Scurlock, Zoe Spears, Brooklyn Lindsey, Denali Berries Stuckey, Tracey Single, Bubba Walker, Kiki Fantroy, Jordan Coffer, Pebbles LaDime Doe, Bailey Reeves, Bee Love Slater, Itali Marlowe, Briana 'BB' Hill, Johana Medina, and Layleen Polanco. You can find a more extensive worldwide list here.
It is horrific and heartbreaking to see so many names every year. As trans people we are an extremely at risk group, but trans women of color, especially black women, are the most vulnerable among us. Even within the community they face racism and transmisogyny, we absolutely must do better. Inside and outside the community we must be aware of how we think of trans woc and work to correct racist and transmisogynistic behavior in ourselves. I know not everyone is able to do more than that, but if you can, consider donating to trans advocacy groups, or getting involved with your community's advocacy. And if you are cis take some time to learn about the violence trans people face and reflect on how you can be a better ally in our fight for justice and equality.
Organizations to consider donating to: