20th November, Transgender Day of Remembrance
We’re fed up with reading the names of so many young trans* women and sadly a few trans* men this year who will never get to experience another birthday. Far too many of them who were killed this year were under the age of 35.
We’re fed up with contemplating the disturbing fact some of the names we’ll be reading during these TDOR memorials hadn’t even made it to age 21 yet.
We’re fed up in the African-American and Latin@ trans* communities of far too many of our people dying and our politicians, clergy and media pundits being cricket chirping silent about it.
We’re fed up with legislative inaction on the human rights laws it’s painfully obvious trans* people need at the local, state and federal levels as a wide range of people from trans exclusionary radical feminists to right-wing politicians gleefully spread disinformation and lies to roll back or retard our progress.
We’re fed up with our people dying and our people choosing suicide over life because you transphobic cisgender haters have made it so hostile and uncomfortable for them to live.
But sadly we’ll probably be gathering next November 20 at locations around the globe to read another 200 plus names of people killed because of anti-transgender violence.
Please click the link to read her post in its entirety. Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Monica Roberts spells out clearly and eloquently why this day exists and it is necessary.
4346) I find it interesting and disturbing that trans women make up less than one percent of the population yet we are the butt of the joke way more than 1% of the time. None of my cis friends understand why I’m uncomfortable with seeing jokes centered around “chicks with dicks” or “men in dresses”. It’s not only uncomfortable, it’s really overdone and even if it was funny it wouldn’t be anymore. I just want to watch one funny and entertaining show that doesn’t fall back on these tropes even once.
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They got back to me with more half assed apologies. (I may be being too hard on them but they really fucked up trying to co-op TDoR) They’ve said they’re tearing down the project and will probably issue a formal apology tomorrow(later today I guess).
I’m working on a reply that includes ideas for what they could do that wouldn’t be pulling focus off trans people and actually help some people out.
Right now that part of my reply is:
You want to help trans people? Then do something that benefits trans people. Find a charity that helps trans people and hold a fundraiser(make sure that the majority of the donations goes to trans people). Signal boost trans people doing fundraisers. Donate to trans youth homeless shelters. Organize a group to comment bomb and report transphobic articles and videos(make sure you know what you are talking about and if a trans person corrects you listen). Create a campaign to fight casual cissexism like equating vagina with woman or penis with man.
Don’t speak for us. Promote our voices. Make other cis people hear us speak.
Any other ideas?
Shout out to all the closeted trans ladies who use Halloween as an excuse to be able to dress the way they want and be themselves.
I’ve been there too.
The night is yours.
Chelsea Manning is not a ‘trans traitor’
I wrote this in response to this article: First Person: ‘Trans traitor’ Manning adds to transgender perception problem
I don’t expect each trans person to represent all trans people. Just like I don’t expect each white person to be all white people or each man to be all men or each left handed person to be all left handed people. That is too much of a burden to place on our shoulders.
Must we be perfect individuals to get respect as people? If yes, then how can you have respect for anyone? Chelsea Manning is not “The Trans Person”. Anyone who thinks that her actions give trans people a bad name is a bigot. Does every cis person who breaks the law give cis people a bad name? Even if you think she is a traitor, she is not giving trains people a bad name. Her actions are her actions, not a reflection of all trans people’s actions. People who think this are looking for an excuse to give trans people a bad name.
Trans people who want to disown her or belittle her: don’t try to raise yourself up by pushing her down. Cause all those cis people that you are agreeing with are just waiting to push you down too.