Trans Day of Remembrance 2015

tdor2015x755x There are many posts on my blog regarding Trans Day of Remembrance so I will not repeat the historical information about TDoR again here. Instead I feel it is more important to point out that even though this year we have seen more people come out as transgender or gender variant than ever before, and even though we have seen FAR more positive portrayals of transgender and gender variant people across all forms of media than ever before, we have also seen THE HIGHEST number of reported murders of transgender & gender variant people than ever before, especially trans women of color. THIS HAS TO STOP!!! Create change people! Be VISABLY supportive of people of all genders, do not stand silent as people make fun of, or spread hate about trans, intersex and gender variant people. Protect the rights of ALL humans to be exactly who they know themselves to be!

And on Nov 20th, “hold in your heart all of the transgender individuals who have made the brave move to be seen for who they truly are, as well as those who are still too afraid to be their authentic selves. Hold in your heart the families and loved ones of those individuals whose bravery was met with misunderstanding, ignorance, fear and anger. Even hold in your heart those who are unaware, ignorant and afraid, in the hope that they will understand and find compassion and love.” <adapted from the writings of  Rev. Paul Langston-Daley>

UNITED STATES VICTIMS LOST IN 2015 (*are shown in the picture)

*Died 10/15/15  Zella Ziona (Age 21)  Shot in the head – Gaithersburg, MD

*Died 10/6/15  Kiesha Jenkins (Age 22)  Assaulted by 5-6 men, shot in the back – Philly, PA

*Died 8/15/15  Tamara Dominguez (Age 36)  Repeatedly run over by a truck – Kansas City, MO

*Found 8/13/15   Elisha Walker (Age 20)  Blunt force trauma, found in a shallow grave in Smithfield, NC grave months after she was reported missing. She was from Salisbury NC.

*Died 8/11/15  Kandis Capri (Age 35)  Multiple gunshots – Phoenix, AZ

*Died 8/8/15  Amber Monroe (Age 20)  Shot to death. (She had been shot twice in her life previously and was afraid to report them)  Detroit, MI

*Died 7/14/15  Ashton O’Hara (Age 25)   Stabbed to death, run over by vehicle – Detroit, MI

Found 7/29/15  Shade Schuler (Age 22)  Undisclosed cause, her body was so badly decomposed when found and it took 2 weeks for them to identify her – Dallas, TX

Died 7/24/15  K.C. Haggard (Age 66)  Multiple stab wounds to the neck – Fresno, CA

*Died 7/21/15  India Clarke (Age 22)  Beaten & shot in the head and arm –  Tampa, FL

Died 6/23/15  Jasmine Collins (Age 32)  Multiple stab wounds –  Kansas City, MO

*Died 5/30/15  Mercedes Williamson (Age 17)  Stabbed to death & buried in a field on the attackers fathers property – George County, MS

*Died 5/8/15  London Chanel (Age 21) Stabbed in the back and neck – Philly, PA

*Died 3/7/2015  Keyshia Blige (Age 33)  Shot while driving – Aurora, IL

*Died 2/15/15  Kristina Gomez Reinwald (AKA: Kristina Grant Infiniti) (Age 47)  Stabbed to  death – Miami, FL

*Died 2/13/15  Bri Golec (Age 22)  Stabbed to death by her own father – Akron, OH

*Died 2/10/15  Penny Proud (Age 21)  Shot multiple times – Tremé, New Orleans, LA

*Died 2/8/15  Taja Gabrielle DeJesus (Age 36)  Multiple stab wounds – San Francisco, CA

Died 1/26/15  Michelle (Yazmin) Vash Payne (Age 33)  Stabbed multiple times and left in her burning apartment – Los Angeles, CA

*Died 1/26/15  Ty Underwood (Age 24)  Shot in car while fleeing from her attacker – Tyler, TX

*Died 1/17/15  Lamia Beard (Age 30)  Shot and left for dead – Norfolk, VA

Died 1/9/15  Papi Edwards (Age 20)  Gunshot to the chest – Louisville, KY

*Died 12/6/15  Keymori Johnson (Age 24)  Multiple gunshots – Albany, GA

*Died 12/3/15  Deshawnda Sanchez (Age 21)  Multiple gunshots – Los Angeles, CA

For more details of these 2015 tragedies see the below:

http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2015/07/27/these-are-trans-women-killed-so-far-us-2015

http://www.dailydot.com/politics/trans-women-of-color-murdered/

http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/HRC-AntiTransgenderViolence-0519.pdf

Trans* Day of Remembrance 2013

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For Pagans, Samhain is the time of year where we honor our ancestors, honor those who were killed in the name of witchcraft (most of whom were innocent), and cross over those whom we  lost during the year. It is a time of remembrance that launches our tide of Geburah where we shed the outmoded, outworn, and useless to become something better in Spring. So it is the perfect time of year for us to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA brethren for Trans* Day of Remembrance.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is reported to have been created in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts .  Since the 1999 vigil held, it has continued on every Nov 20th to remember not only those who self-identify as transgender but also those who were transsexual, crossdressers, or otherwise gender-variant victims of violence due to their perpetrator’s phobia and/or hate against transgender people.

Communities hold Transgender Day of Remembrance events for many reasons:

#1. It helps raise public awareness about the issue. Hate crimes against the gender-variant are glossed over or ignored entirely by most communities, with the victims of the crimes often misnamed (birth name rather than legally changed name or AKA) or improperly gendered (birth gender rather than gender lived or in transition to) if there is any media coverage at all.

#2. It allows the LGBTQIA and Allies a way to stand united to mourn for friends/family they have lost,  for those who were killed for being “like them”, and for those who may have no one else mourn for them, since so many LGBTQIA are STILL cast away from blood family & friends due to our society’s puritanical ideologies.

#3. It reminds non-gender variant people that we of the LGBTQIA community are SOMEONE’S child, mother, father, sister, brother, best friend, partner, co-worker, fellow parishioner, etc and as HUMANS are worthy of the same rights to safety, and freedom from persecution as every other human.

So before I list this year’s names for remembrance let me share with you the writings of Rev. Paul Langston-Daley  “As November 20th approaches, I will hold in my heart all of the transgender individuals who have made the brave move to be seen for who they truly are, as well as those who are still too afraid to be their authentic selves. I will hold in my heart the families and loved ones of those individuals whose bravery was met with misunderstanding, ignorance, fear and anger. I will even hold in my heart those who are unaware, ignorant and afraid, in the hope that they will understand and find compassion and love.”

UNITED STATES VICTIMS TO REMEMBER 2013

 *Died 1/1/13  Evon Young (age:22) Tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster.- Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*Died unknown, found 2/14/13 Milan Boudreaux and her partner Akeem, both shot in the head Metairie, LA

*Died 3/27/13  Cemia “CeCe” Dove (age:23) Multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond. – Cleveland, Ohio

*Died 4/3/13  Kelly Young (Age 29)  – Shot – Baltimore, Maryland

*Died 4/11/13 Ashley Sinclair (age 30) – Beaten & shot in the head. – Orlando, FL

*Died 5/29/13  Wanda (Antonio Lee age 49) – Shot 5 times answering the door of the sick friend she was caring for – Tampa FL

Died 7/7/13  Unknown woman – Found floating in a gully – Houston, Texas

Died 7/12/13  Valarie (Jock Maurice McKinney age 50) – Gunshot to her lower body. Shreveport,Louisiana

*Died 7/14/13 Diamond Williams (age:31) Hacked to death with an axe, body parts thrown in a field. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*Died 8/7/13 Islan Nettles (age:21) Blunt force trauma, removed from life support at brain death- Harlem, New York

*Died 8/20/13  Domonique Newburn (age:31) Multiple stab wounds. – Fontana, CA

*Died 8/30-8/31/13  Konyale Madden (age:34) Beaten to death – Savannah, Texas

Died 9/6/13  Terry Golston (age 44)  Shot 3 times  – Shreveport,Louisiana

Died 9/12/13  Shaun Hartley (age 31) – Beaten to death – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Died 9/9/13  Melony Smith (age:28) Beaten to death – Baldwin Park, California

*Died 9/24/13  Eyricka Morgan  (age:26) Stabbed – New Brunswick, New Jersey

NORTH CAROLINA VICTIMS TO REMEMBER

Died 4/14/09   Jimmy McCollough (stage name Imaje Devera / Image Devereux   Age: 34) – Stabbed and dumped near Club Emages in Fayetteville NC

Died 4/3/10 Toni Alston (age 44) Shot to death in front of her home – Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information on events in your area see  http://www.transgenderdor.org/

©RavenHarte 11/15/13