Today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day devoted remembering the many people who are killed each year simply for being transgender.
You can find this year’s memorial list here. It isn’t obvious from that list as few of the entries give more than the basic cause of death, but many of those killings were executions. And I don’t mean state executions like the one in Iraq, I mean vigilante executions carried out in cold blood by people who believe that transgender people do not deserve to live.
Unfortunately things are unlikely to change in the short term. Social attitudes take a long time to shift. There are still too many people in the police who can’t be bothered investigating the killing of transgender people, and too many people in the judiciary and on juries who are happy to let the killers off if a case comes to trial. But we can at least spread the word. If you care about this issue, please make a post of your own today. The more people who speak out, the quicker social attitudes will change.