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Day of Remembrance

I want to post something in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, but it's hard to know what to say. The fact that these people were killed because of anti-transgender hatred is something that is difficult for me to grasp - I honestly cannot understand why people feel this need to attack others, just for being different. Unfounded fear, I guess, and small-mindedness. It's so utterly, utterly wrong, but, as the list of names shows, this hatred is all-too common in our society. This is my way of stopping for a moment to say a prayer for those who were killed by hatred, and also that this hatred will end. I look forward to the year when there are no new names on this list.

Melissa at Shakesville has an excellent post about it here.

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joyliveshere
Nov. 20th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting this, Wendy. It's really painful to read the list of people who were killed this year for the "crime" of questioning or changing their gender identity. Lawrence King was only 15 years old.

I've known I was bisexual since I was pretty young, and I've had to deal with a fair amount of crap because of it, but I've still had a hard time understanding what it means to be transgender. It's taken a lot of talking and reading and thinking for me to feel more comfortable with trans people and get over some of my own prejudices. And now that I have some transgender friends, I've seen the sort of prejudice they face, which other queer people mostly don't face anymore, at least where I live. So please, everyone, take some time today to read something or talk about or think about why this important.
here_be_dragons
Nov. 21st, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
I noticed King's name in particular, too. 15 years old? How is it possible for him to have been killed for this? *cries*

I've still had a hard time understanding what it means to be transgender.

*nods* Yes, I've been having these feelings a lot lately. I know I really can't understand what it means to be transgender. (Just like I can't understand what it's like to be anything but white, a subject that's come up a lot lately in many of the blogs I read, now that America is supposedly "post-racial" - yeah, right - following Obama's election). When I read about an issue like this, I realize just how sheltered my life has been, and how safe, and all because I don't identify as anything that's not considered "normal" here in the U.S. (well, except that I'm a woman in an incredibly entrenched misogynistic society, but that's another blog post :D). Or, the areas where I do identify as "other" (for example, when I was practicing Wicca), it was easy enough for me to decide who had that information about me, and who didn't. It is really important for all of us to look outside our own experience as much as we can, and remember that when it comes right down to it, we're all more similar than we are different. I honestly believe that once people understand that, they can stop hating. There are even moments when I can apply that knowledge to my own life, and stop feeling waves of anger at our (soon-to-be-former YAY) president. (Seriously).


As an aside - I've just noticed that LJ's spellcheck function (or maybe it's part of my browser?) doesn't like "transgender" or "Obama." Both of those words need to be added to the lexicon.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 20th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Amazing, thank you
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