November 20, 2008

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2008

it’s just another day we find a way to comprehend,
and when we fall, we fall down hard and get back up again,
i understand that there is not much more to understand,
when there is nothing really there to begin with.

but the very first i saw your face i would believe in love,
now and forever more i will declare a god above,
and he is crying out for you with every pain and every sigh...

- Gregory Douglass, "Time"

Today is a day for remembering.

Transgender people continue to be victims of violence, hatred, humiliation and discrimination in employment, housing, medical care and public facilities. Transgender people continue to suffer disproportionately high rates of homelessness, poverty and unemployment.

On February 12th this year, Duanna Johnson was brutally beaten by a Memphis police officer after she refused to respond when the officer called her “he-she” and “faggot.” The beating was captured on video [warning: extreme violence].

She was murdered on November 10.

Take a moment to remember. Take a moment to hold those you love. Take care of each other.

More info about Day of Remembrance here and here.


Anonymous said...

This is the saddest day of the year for me. I am lucky because I haven't faced violence, but the threat is always out there.

People of all walks should take a moment and reflect on how fear of people are different leads to violence.

Anonymous said...

TDOR was COLD last night! But as usual, an amazing event Thank you to everyone who was involved in planning it. Thanks especially to the volunteer who made us cider and hot chocolate. That was such a great gift to all of us.

Anonymous said...

fellow vermonter, love him, here's how i feel about the whole messy movement in the states.

"i know it’s hard enough to figure out
what’s right and what’s a waste of time,
**just like how easy it can be to hold on to a lie**." or