Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022

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On behalf of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee, I'd like to share that November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to honor the trans and gender diverse (TGD) people who've been lost to violence. The first TDOR was in 1999 by trans advocate, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, as a way to memorialize Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was murdered.

 According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), at least 32 trans and gender diverse people have been murdered in 2022. This number is an underestimate, as police and news media often misgender TGD victims. Since the HRC started formally tracking violence against TGD people in 2013: 

  • More than 85% of TGD victims were people of color
  • 69% of TGD deaths involved firearms
  • In 40% of cases no arrests have been made
  • Of the cases with a known perpetrator, 65% of TGD victims were killed by someone they knew

More anti-trans legislation is being introduced and passed than ever before, including in Iowa. The DSJc firmly believes that trans rights are human rights. 

Please join me in saying aloud the names of the 32 known TGD people killed this year and let us hope this list does not grow by the end of the year:

Amariey Lej

Duval Princess

Cypress Ramos

Naomie Skinner

Matthew Angelo Spampinato

Paloma Vazquez

Tatiana Labelle

Kathryn "Katie" Newhouse

Kenyatta "Kesha" Webster

Miia Love Parker

Ariyanna Mitchell 

Fern Feather

Ray Muscat

Nedra Sequence Morris

Chanelika Y'Ella Dior Hemingway

Sasha Mason

Brazil Johnson

Shawmayne Giselle Marie

Kitty Monroe

Martasia Richmond

Keshia Chanel Geter

Cherry Bush

Marisela Castro

Hayden Davis

Kandii Redd

Aaron Lynch

Maddie Hofmann

Dede Ricks

Mya Allen

Acey Morrison

Semaj Billingslea

Tiffany Banks


The DSJc 

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