Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today persons across the nation stop to remember the lives of transmen and transwomen cut short because of violence, ignorance and hatred. In some communities, there is also a Transgender Day of Celebration to acknowledge the progress and successes toward equality.

A few links of interest …

A statement by Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on the “progress and challenges.”

“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality recently joined me at the U.S. Department of Labor to present a comprehensive study on the experiences of transgender people in America. More than 90 percent of transgender people experience harassment and mistreatment in the workplace, with nearly half being fired or denied a promotion. This is unacceptable.”

A groundbreaking study, Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, released by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force is available here.

A statement from the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh.

Garden State Equality has a live chat on Facebook remembering those who lost their lives and pointing out the various real steps toward a more just and equal society. Be sure to check it out.

And, finally, the memorial list for 2011.  May they not be forgotten and may their lives inspire us all to confront intolerance and create a better world for the entire LGBTQ community.