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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today marks the 11th International Trans Day of Remembrance. This is a day where we stop and remember all of those who have lost their lives due to others hatred towards transgender people.

This day of remembrance is held annually, and here is why it all began (courtesy of GLAAD):

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. Rita was a highly visible member of the transgender community in her native Boston, where she worked locally on education around transgender issues. On Saturday, Nov 28, Rita was stabbed 20 times in her apartment. A neighbor called the police and Rita was rushed to the hospital, but passed away from cardiac arrest only moments after being admitted.

A year later, Gwendolyn Ann Smith decided to take it upon herself to create a vigil for Rita, but also for other transgendered people who had been killed. Therefore, the Transgender Day of Remembrance was born. It has become an internationally recognized day, and events and vigils are held all around the world on this day.

Some facts about violence towards those that are transgender (again, courtesy of GLAAD):

According to an estimate by the Human Rights Campaign, transgender Americans face a one-in-12 chance of being murdered.

Statistics from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) show that in schools 14.2% of transgender students report being physically assaulted as a result of gender expression, while 30.4% experienced physical harassment.

According to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website, there have been 12 people murdered out of anti-transgender bias during 2009 in the U.S. alone.

To get more information, you can go to the Transgender Day of Remembrance website, here.

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