Transgender Day of RemembranceQueen Emily over at Sexual Ambiguities has a post up in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, please go read, "How to Mourn".
Little Light at Taking Steps reminds us of some statistics, trans people have a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered. Let that sink in. Understand why this day is so important. Read the rest, "The Quick and the Dead".
Monica Roberts at Transgriot has a list of names we must remember. She also has a more personal post, "Ten Years-400 Dead...and Counting" mixed with grief is hope.
But at the same time, I'm hopeful that with the increased media coverage of transgender people over the last year and a half combined with the upcoming change in presidential administration, we finally have the conditions in place to pass hate crimes and an inclusive ENDA.
They may be just laws to some of you, but for the transgender community they are literally life and death issues. They are symbols that we matter, our lives are respected and valued and when you read the 'We The People' in the Constitution's preamble, that includes transgender Americans as well. .
Piny at Feministe reminds us that everyone deserves to be remembered and honored in "Full Spectrum", not just those the mainstream cis people find "acceptable and non-threatening". The fact that anyone is unacceptable and threatening in any way might in fact be the reason so many are dying.
Read, learn, follow the links in the posts, and say a prayer not only in remembrance but for our future. We need to understand that we are all in this together and we need to love each other and care for more than our own narrow interests.