Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember the transgender people around the world who were killed in the past year.
This video honors these people, who died for being themselves:
The Transgender Day of Remembrance website has a list of those who have been killed, along with other information.
The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison writes, "Acknowledging this day is not easy, but it is important to me. It reminds me that, as a transgender Unitarian Universalist minister, I am very lucky. I've been able to live and work and worship in supportive and caring communities. I've been accepted for who I am and even celebrated for living with integrity. Hearing the names of transgender people who were killed by hatred and fear reminds me that luck is not enough.
"Standing on the side of love means facing the truth that transgender people are still fighting for their lives every day. Honoring those who died this year is a small but powerful way for us to remind the world that Love does not discriminate and that all people deserve to be safe from hatred, violence, and fear. Taking a moment to remember is a way to strengthen our resolve to build welcoming communities for transgender people and to work for transgender equality under the law."
In the meantime -- if you haven't already done so, why not sign the (UUA-sponsored Standing on the Side of Love) Petition for Full Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people? Click on this link to sign it now.
Local event today for Transgender Day of Remembrance:
Friday, November 20, 2009
St. Luke’s & St. Margaret’s in Allston
5 St Lukes Rd, Allston, MA (Near corner of Brighton Ave)