NYSCASA Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

This year marks the 22nd year of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) as an annual international event. TDOR was set aside to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

TDOR serves several purposes:

  • it raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people;
  • it publicly mourns and honors the lives of our trans siblings who might otherwise be forgotten;
  • we express love and respect for trans people in the face of national indifference and hatred;
  • it reminds cisgender people that transgender people are their children, parents, friends, and lovers; and
  • it gives cisgender allies a chance to stand with transgender people in vigil and in solidarity.

2021 is set to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people across the world, with 375 reported murders between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. The majority of victims were Black and migrant trans women of color and trans sex workers. Most cases continue to go unreported and, when reported, receive very little attention.

This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember, mourn, and honor all transgender people who were murdered because of their gender identity or expression.

“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,” wrote Gwendolyn Ann Smith, founder of Transgender Day of Remembrance, in the Huffington Post.

Today—and every day—NYSCASA proudly supports our trans community, and we will continue to fight alongside you.

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