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10th Transgender Day of Remembrance

The ACLU reminds me:  "Today marks the tenth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day created to remember and honor all people who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. The event was originally held on the first anniversary of the murder of Rita Hester, an out transgender woman who was killed on November 28, 1998, in Boston, Massachusetts. Rita’s murder, like many anti-transgender murder cases, remains unsolved."  http://blog.aclu.org/2008/11/20/small-actions-speak-loudly-on-transgender-day-of-remembrance/

Life is hard when you're not comfortable in the roles society assigns to you, based on "little" inborn external things that you can't change, like skin color, or height, or gender.  It's harder still for people who are not comfortable in the bodies they were born into.

And that's before we get to how other people treat them--too often with prejudice, harassment, and, as the paragraph above notes, violence. 

Of course, in a society that teaches children that gender is simple, that no one is born in-between, simply dealing with first impressions, the often-intense, visceral discomfort of people who who simply don't have a clue how to deal with someone who doesn't comfortably fit into one gender or another, is difficult. 

Hmm...I'm not being very coherent on behalf of my transgender friends.  So, if you have questions, let me know.

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wyld_dandelyon
Nov. 21st, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know you're reading!

I haven't forgotten that, just busy.
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