Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, established to remember transgender individuals who have been killed by hate crimes. This is the first year that I’ve heard about this particular day of remembrance (established in 1999), and I’m ashamed to admit that I know very little about transgender issues. So I took to the internet to learn more.
I would typically aim to only write a blog post if I felt as though I’d come away with a particularly compelling point to make or a story to tell, but after a couple of hours of reading up on transgender issues, I still have more to learn. There are a lot of compelling stories to tell – and it was hard to focus on just one. From the complexities of raising children whose gender identity does not match their physical gender, to facing discrimination in the workforce, to health care, to voting, to the persistent threat of physical violence – the transgender community faces extremely complicated issues.
Today is a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives due to hate crimes against transgendered individuals. If passing this along prompts just one other person to type “transgender issues” into their search engine to seek out information and gain a better understanding of an often misunderstood community, I hope that contributes to the memorial in some small way.