Transgender Day of Remembrance 2010

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which happens every year to pay tribute to individuals who have died due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

Related to this, a recent U.S. transgender discrimination survey found that 41 percent of trans people in the United States have attempted suicide, which is more than 25 times the national average. Sadness! And definitely a very clear illustration of one of the many consequences that stem from misunderstanding, ignorance, and discrimination. Just released yesterday on MSNBC:

Transgender Americans face high suicide risk
November 19, 2010 - A staggering 41 percent of transgender people in the United States have attempted to commit suicide, according to a new survey. About 19 percent of transgender people report being refused medical care because of their gender-nonconforming status, and a shocking 2 percent have been violently assaulted in a doctor's office. Read More >
On a more uplifting note, things are -much- better now than they were ten years ago, twenty years ago... Thanks to my trans predecessors, the history of our LGBQT movement, the allies and non-bigots, awareness, and openness there has been increasing acceptance, support, knowledge and exposure. Let's keep on truckin' on and making it better n' better!



2 comments:

  1. just watched "the brandon teena story." what a stud. drove through laramie, wyoming two weeks ago, feeling beautiful gay ghosts hanging over. keep fighting the good fight, brother -- and hope yr top surgery funds only increase.

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  2. Oh gadz, I passed through Laramie once upon a time and felt all on-guard goosebumpy. Anyway, thank you for posting and for the top surgery rooting! :]

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