Wimminwise is draped in black today in observance of the 9th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Since 1998, people and organizations concerned with the welfare of transgender people have observed November 20 as a day to remember and honor individuals who have died in acts of anti-transgender violence.
For more on the day, visit the sites of the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Remembering Our Dead. For a collection of resources and opinion regarding the relationship of the Transgender Day of Remembrance to communities of faith and their concerns, visit TransFaith On-line.
We also share here the text of the recent Call for a Transgender Unemployment Day of Remembrance:
Please consider, this Transgender Day of Unemployment Remembrance, making space not only to honor not only the dead, but also to pause and remember the names and sacred concerns of so much of the Transgender community that is cut off from good, decent jobs.
So much of the Transgender community is unemployed, has experienced job discrimination, has been exploited by working without job security, or has lost hope and turned to high-risk methods for finding survival income.
As we regroup after the divisive debates around the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and whether or not the United States if ready for Transgender and Gender Variant people to receive protection under the law, let us pause remember the lives that are at stake.
Let us pause to remember that the inability to find a safe employment situation is a life and death problem. It is a contributing (if not causal) factor in our community’s suicide rate, struggle with addictions, and risk for sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
It’s not just violent hate crimes that lead Transgender death. In turning our backs on employment discrimination, we are contributing to the already dismal Transgender mortality rates.