Saturday, November 20, 2010

Transgender Day of Remembrance is A Day To Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives Due To Their Gender Identity

image pf poster is from here

"Those who have lost their lives due to their gender identity" spans a huge list of people murdered primarily by male-men usually because of a combination of misogyny, homophobia, and violently enforced compulsory heteropatriarchal practices. The perpetrators, predators, pimps, and murderers act out of those institutionalised forces usually with impunity, no accountability, and no public consciousness or awareness that the crimes have occurred at all. The murderers' victims include heterosexual women and girls, bisexual women and men, queer youth, lesbians, and gay men. We are also people who are Two Spirit, genderqueer, intergender, anti-gender, gender-non-conforming, same-gender loving, transsexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual. What makes most of us vulnerable to assault is intimate contact with the terrorists, whether living on a home with them, or existing on the street where they prey on us.

We die in the context of working, living, breathing, sleeping, and surviving oppression including capitalist, sexist, and racist oppression. Some of the contexts of our deaths include in prostitution, pornography, and other male-man controlled industries and systems of gross sexual exploitation. Most women and girls are raped and murdered by men in their own families, or by men intimately known to them. Let us remember all the people we have lost who lived gendered lives, and use what we know about why we are harassed, bullied, battered, raped, trafficked, enslaved, and killed to motivate and mobilise radical activism to end all this WHM supremacist CRAP, today and every day.

From TransRespect vs. Transphobia Worldwide's website:

"Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide" (TvT) is a comparative, ongoing qualitative-quantitative research project conducted by Transgender Europe. The project provides an overview of the human rights situation of trans persons in different parts of the world and develops useful data and advocacy tools for international institutions, human rights organizations, the trans movement and the general public.

A research team from Transgender Europe is coordinating the project, which is funded by the Open Society Institute / Soros Foundations Network, the ARCUS Foundation, and partly by the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

An Advisory Board, comprised of international LGBT, trans and human rights activists from Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, North America, and Oceania, will help mentor the project. The project is designed to cooperate with partner organizations in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe and Oceania.

The TvT research project is a work in progress. The data collected will be periodically compiled and updated.

If you would like to reference the published material on this website, please follow the citation instructions specified in the sections. If you want to cite the TvT project in general, please use the following citation: TvT research project (2010) “Transrespect versus Transphobia worldwide”-Website: www.transrespect-transphobia.org

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