Today is the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, they day on which we remember people who have been murdered simply for trying to be themselves. To mark the day I have written an article about the idea of living “in stealth” — why the idea started, why it gets trans people into trouble with the Left, why is causes divisions in the trans community, why it is still very necessary for some, and why I believe that it is fast becoming impossible. As the article is rather long, and contains mention of a particularly horrific murder, I have put it on a separate page. If you don’t read it, at least take away one piece of data: globally the average lifespan of a trans person is just 23 years.
While I am on the subject, I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of the non-trans people who have supported the day by making their own posts, or re-tweeting those of trans people. Special thanks to Anne Lyle who changed her Twitter avatar for the day. If you do want to express support, one of the best things you can do is sign this petition, which calls for the UK media to respect TDOR.
American papers such as the Miami Herald and Seattle Post Intelligencier have run stories in support of the day. Even the US Department of Justice has got in on the act. This far in the UK, the only recognition outside of the LGBT community that I have seen has been in The Guardian. What is said about us in the media makes a huge difference to how we are treated by the general public. Please help by asking the UK media to give us a little respect, at least on this one day of the year.