Matt Kailey is a transman living in Denver, Colorado, and an author, public speaker, and trainer on transgender issues. He blogs at Tranifesto. In his ideal world, no one would be equal to anyone else – everyone would just be equal.
International Transgender Day of Remembrance is set aside every November 20 to remember those people who have been killed or have died due to transphobia or anti-trans hatred and prejudice.
In the twelve years since Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded the Remembering Our Dead website and the Day of Remembrance vigils, over 400 people that we know of have been murdered worldwide as a result of anti-trans hate or prejudice, according to statistics posted on the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website. Others have died due to medical neglect or suicide. There are many, many more deaths that have not been documented. (link to International Transgender Day of Remembrance website: www.transgenderdor.org)
As we continue to read about, hear about, witness, or even suffer from the brutality wrought by transphobia, I think we also need to acknowledge the other communities that it affects, because this is not just a “trans problem.”