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Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is meant to raise awareness about those who are killed in anti-transgender hate crimes. Events marking this day are occurring around the world today.

In related news, Tampa passed a transgender anti-discrimination ordinance yesterday:

"After two hours of testimony, the ordinance passed by a 5-1 vote with Charlie Miranda voting no and Linda Saul-Sena absent. Miranda repeatedly raised concerns about disruptions caused by people who come to work one day dressed as one gender, and the next day as the other. The new rules prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on 'gender identity and expression,' with that defined as someone who has an 'inner sense of being a specific gender' regardless of their 'assigned sex at birth.' Tampa's human rights ordinance already protects people from discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and other factors."

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  1. Also note the newest of our friends to fall. Jorge... via this note from Autumn:
    Trans Erasure Again In The Coverage Of The Puerto Rico Hate Crime Victim
    "Given the facts of this story as we know them, this is not the story of a gay teen that was killed. This is the story of a trans teen who was allegedly brutally murdered -- where the confessed killer is claiming a trans panic/gay panic defense for his actions. In death, the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals lived publicly is she and her, not the implied he and him found in describing the murder victim as a gay.

    Ms. Mercado's name is now added to the list to be read tomorrow (November 20, 2009) at the annual International Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR)."

    Posted by: LOrion | Nov 20, 2009 11:56:13 AM

  2. Very painful to watch and read.

    When I was a teenager, I presented myself in a way that would today be considered transgender--or atleast androgynous. Why'd I change? I never had the courage to do what transfolk do: risk your life just to be yourself.

    Transgender folks are as brave as any soldier in battle...for many, everytime they walk out the front door they enter a war zone.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 20, 2009 12:17:26 PM

  3. That's very true, Derrick from Philly.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 20, 2009 12:40:51 PM

  4. Yes, Derrick From Philly, that is so very true, and so very angering at the same time. Personally, I blame mainstream religion for all this hatred and evil.

    Posted by: Angel | Nov 20, 2009 4:46:44 PM

  5. ... Christianity, primarily!

    Posted by: Angel | Nov 20, 2009 4:48:26 PM

  6. Oh yes! Let us honour all those of u7s that have suffered!


    Posted by: Jennifer | Nov 21, 2009 7:59:56 PM

  7. South Asian feminist thinker and writer Sarojini Sahoo proves T is alien from LGB.
    Sarojini Sahoo tells that gender is a social creation, not a natural function of sex. Sex is related to our biological sexual make up and uses certain biological markers whereas gender is a common social expectation which puts borderlines for each sex.LGB are related to SEXUAL ORIENTATION and T is related to GENDER IDENTITY.
    Is transition required any way for the people who feel their soul remain in the wrong body?
    A very interesting discourse in this rarely discussed gender topic.
    You can access this from her blog SENSE & SENSUALITY at

    Posted by: Soumya Ranjan | Nov 26, 2009 7:48:48 PM

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