Friday, November 20, 2015

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance  [TDOR] is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." — Gwendolyn Ann Smith
Here are some of those we lost in 2015 … there are many more who were murdered, and never identified …
Keyshia Blige, 33 years old, shot to death in Aurora, Illinois; March 7th, 2015
Tamara Dominguez, 36 years old, repeatedly run over by vehicle in Kansas City, Missouri; August 15th, 2015
Kandis Capri, 35 years old, shot to death in Phoenix, Arizona; August 11th, 2015
Amber Monroe, 20 years old, shot to death in Detroit, Michigan; August 8th, 2015
Ashton O’Hara, 25 years old, stabbed to death and then run over, in Detroit, Michigan; July 14th, 2015
Shade Schuler, 22 years old, found dead in a field in Dallas, Texas; July 29th, 2015
K.C. Haggard,  66 years old, stabbed to death in Fresno, California; July 24th, 2015
India Clarke, 22 years old, shot to death in Tampa, Florida; July 21st, 2015
Mercedes Williamson, 17 years old, beaten to death in Rocky Creek, Alabama; May 30th, 2015
Penny Proud, 21 years old, shot to death in Tremé, New Orleans, Louisiana; February 10th, 2015
Taja Gabrielle DeJesus, 36 years old, stabbed to death in San Francisco, California; February 8th, 2015
Bri Golec, 22 years old, stabbed to death in Akron, Ohio; February 13th, 2015
Lamia Beard, 30 years old, shot to death in Norfolk, Virginia; January 17th, 2015
Papi Edwards, 20 years old, shot to death in Louisville, Kentucky; January 9th, 2015
Nephi Luthers , 20 years old,  shot to death in Georgetown, Guyana; July 21st, 2015
Diosvany Muñoz Robaina, 24 years old, stoned to death in Pinar del Río, Cuba; April 26th, 2015
C.N. Alves de Matos Jr, 21 years old, stabbed and dismembered in São Paulo, Brazil; September 25th, 2015
L.A. de Souza, 22 years old, found in landfill with a knife in her neck in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil; September 30th, 2015
Waleska Rayala, 21 years old, stabbed to death in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil; September 2nd, 2015
Paulinha, shot to death in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil; September 8th, 2015
Flower, 39 years old, beaten to death in Parintins, Amazonas, Brazil; August 27th, 2015
V.H.A dos Santos , 25 years old, shot to death in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; August 24th, 2015
Patricia, 29 years old, unknown cause of death, thrown into bush in Santa Terezinha, Piracicaba, Brazil; August 3rd, 2015
Gabi, 26 years old, beaten to death in Valparaíso de Goiás, Brazil; July 19th, 2015
Erika Aguilera, 25 years old, shot to death in Dourados, Brazil; July 16th, 2015
India Nascimento, 29 years old, beaten to death in Pernambuco, Brazil; July 12th, 2015
L.R.O. Dorta, 26 years old, decapitated in Pernambuco, Brazil; July 12th, 2015
Vanessa Calaça, 27 years old, stoned to death in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil; July 12th, 2015
Bruna J. Mendes, 27 years old, shot to death in Itapebi, Bahia, Brazil; June 29th, 2015
Sidney Araújo Claudino, 19 years old, shot to death in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil; June 23rd, 2015
Laura Vermont, 18 years old, beaten to death by police in São Paulo, Brazil; June 20th, 2015
Kauane da Silva, 35 years old, shot to death in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; June 13th, 2015
Kelly Silva, 31 years old, stabbed to death in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil; June 9th, 2015
Andréia Amado, 29 years old, shot to death in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; June 4th, 2015
Carol Melo, 30 years old, strangled to death in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; June 3th, 2015
Priscilla da Silva, 23 years old, shot to death in Dois Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil; May 30th, 2015
Barbara Sodre, 29 years old, stabbed to death in Sergipe, Brazil; May 25th, 2015
Jean Waltrick, 27 years old, shot to death in Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil; May 23rd, 2015
Vandressa Vinnitt, shot to death in Realengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; May 18th, 2015
Ticiane Abravanel, 21 years old, shot to death in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil; May 18th, 2015
La Monique de Roma, 43 years old), shot to death in Butantã, São Paulo, Brazil; May 14th, 2015
Stefanny, shot to death in Caucaia, Ceará, Brazil; April 30th, 2015
Job Rodrigues da Silva, 46 years old, shot to death in Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil; April17th, 2015
Bruna, 47 years old, shot to death in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil; April 16th, 2015
Bruna Quércia, 15 years old, shot to death in Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brazil; April 15th, 2015
Victória Camargo, 29 years old, shot to death in Venâncio Aires, Brazil; April 13th, 2015
Bruna Michele, 20 years old, beaten to death in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; April 13th, 2015
Vanessa Ganzaroli, 18 years old, stabbed to death in Petrolina, Pernambuc, Brazil; April 3rd, 2015
Debora, stoned to death in Mogi Mirim, São Paulo, Brazil; April 2nd, 2015
Lotinha, stabbed to death in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; March 29th, 2015
Adriana, 22 years old, shot to death in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil; March 22th, 2015
Bianca Araujo, 21 years old, shot to death in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil; March 20th, 2015
Michael Lucas de Almeida Reginald, 13 years old, beaten and stabbed to death in Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil; March 18th, 2015
Natália Ferraz, 21 years old, shot to death in Caçapava, São Paulo, Brazil; February 27th, 2015
Ygor Fernando Oliveira Santos, 20 years old, shot to death in Marechal Deodoro, Alagoas, Brazil; February 27th, 2015
Keity, 23 years old, stabbed to death in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; February 24th, 2015
Lara, 16 years old, stoned to death in Parauapebas, Pará, Brazil; February 22nd, 2015
Raíssa, 19 years old, stabbed to death in Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil; February 16th, 2015
Capitú Santos, 31 years old, stabbed to death in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; February 16th, 2015
Joyce Akira, a teenager, shot to death in Mangabeira, Joao Pessoa, Brazil; February 8th, 2015
Pata, 35 years old, strangled to death in Macapá, Amapá, Brazil; February 7th, 2015
Didinha, 18 years old, shot to death in Vitória de Santo Antão, Pernambuco, Brazil; February 1st, 2015
LÉO, 26 years old, shot to death in Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil; January 26th, 2015
Piu da Silva, 25 years old, beaten and shot to death in Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiroa, Brazil; January 22nd, 2015
Diana Sacayán, 39 years old, stabbed to death in Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina; October 11th, 2015
Marcela Chocobar, 26 years old, dismembered and burned in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina; September 4th, 2015
Francela Méndez, stabbed to death in Las Palmeras, Sonsonate, El Salvador; May 31st, 2015
Fernanda “Coty” Olmos, 59 years old, stabbed and suffocated in Santa Fe, Argentina; September 25th, 2015
Yoshi Tsuchida, 38 years old, her face was cut off in Tokyo, Japan; November 13th, 2015
Leticya Santos Ignácio, 21 years old, shot to death in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil; October 12th, 2015
Miscilene, 25 years old, blunt force trauma to the head in Bahia, Brazil; October 12th, 2015
Miscilene, 20 years old, shot to death in Ponta Porã, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil; October 20th, 2015
Tiffany Latifah, 17 years old, shot to death in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; November 2nd, 2015
It’s a sad list to read through as the weekend approaches, but maybe, after reading, think about being nicer to everyone you meet.

It matters not how we look, how we speak, how we pray, how we love, it just matters that we treat each other with the respect we deserve as human beings sharing this planet.

Stay safe … Be nice.
Transgender Day of Remembrance

5 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

that is an alarming list xoxoxox

mistress maddie said...

Great idea! This was a big year for the transgender to throw open the doors and be visible. Hopefully next year we can get a shorter list, or better still, no list.

Helen Lashbrook said...

No-one should die for who they are; and how many of the killers profess to be religious observers? All of them I bet

Kirk said...

A truly terrible list.

Mitchell is Moving said...

I know life is getting better for some in the world, but not for most. Thanks for this!