A Look at Vigils Honoring Lives Lost to Violence on This Year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance
At least 22 transgender people in America lost their lives to violence this year. Most were women, most were Black, all were valuable.
Tuesday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance in the U.S. and around the world. It was created in 1999 by Gwendolyn Smith.
Across the nation, and around the world – from Washington D.C., to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Toronto, England, Ireland, India, and more – vigils were held honoring and remembering the people killed because they were transgender.
NBC News today points to “an FBI report released last week that found anti-LGBTQ hate crimes rose 3 percent in 2017, with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comprising more than 16 percent all 8,828 known hate crime victims.”
Here are the names of the 22 people lost to anti-trans violence this year in the U.S., from a 73-page report published by the Human Rights Campaign:
Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien
Tonya “Kita” Harvey
Amia Tyrae Berryman
Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón
Cathalina Christina James
Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier
TDOR.info lists over 300 transgender people who died by violence this year around the world. Over 130 were shot. Nearly 50 stabbed. Nearly 30 beaten. Eight were stoned to death. Nine were tortured. Four were decapitated or dismembered. And for many the cause of death is listed as unknown.
Let’s take a look at some of the vigils held today, in the U.S. and around the world:
New Haven, Connecticut:
Tonight I felt the strength of the Trans community as I protected my small flame from the wind and had it re-lit by attendees of @The519 #TDOR vigil.
Thank you to the organizers, speakers, and performers who made this important, somber, joyful celebration possible pic.twitter.com/wFk2dGfP11
— Suze Morrison (@SuzeMorrison) November 21, 2018
Was a very chill night out there but the #TDOR event and vigil organized by @The519 were nothing but heartwarming and inspiring. Thank you to all the performers and speakers. 💙 pic.twitter.com/1SoM8TLJh6
— Kavita Dogra (@KaveetsD) November 21, 2018
Community is at the heart of the Trans Day of Remembrance. Today it was my honour to stand with the Trans community as we remembered those we lost this year. My staff were humbled to be able to offer coffee and some warm thoughts on this cold day. #TDOR2018 #TransDayOfRemembrance pic.twitter.com/hGlWlIKgKV
— Suze Morrison (@SuzeMorrison) November 20, 2018
Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania:
This year alone we have lost 25 trans* individuals to violence and bigotry. Honor them tonight at the Trans Day of Remembrance vigil at 7:30 in the quad #TDoR pic.twitter.com/JU9XTNs2Rj
— SRU Women’s Center (@SRUwomenscenter) November 20, 2017
Tonight, @HRC joined advocates and community members from across Washington, D.C., at @MCC_DC for a vigil marking #TransDayOfRemembrance.
Together we mourn the lives of the trans people we have lost to fatal violence and recommit to honoring their lives with action. #TDOR pic.twitter.com/yk86RPnAAZ
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) November 21, 2018
Pune, Maharashtra, India:
Mist organized a placard holding and silent candle light vigil in J.M.Road on the 18th of Nov 2018. Thanks to everyone who showed up for the event and Sonali Dalvi for helping in the permission of the event. Check https://t.co/nh8lJwRdMA for more pictures. #tdor #tdor2018 pic.twitter.com/3K2XwSHz30
— Mist (@Mist_LGBT) November 18, 2018
Loudoun County, Virginia:
On this day we commit & reconmit to creating a world where people of all genders kbow peace, love, and justice #TransDayOfRemembrance Thank you @EqualityLoCo for tonight’s #TDoR vigil pic.twitter.com/KSKFcBcbtC
— Charlotte McConnell (@trustinkind) November 21, 2018
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize those in the transgender community who we have lost. Leaders from our Transgender Medicine and Surgery observed #TDOR this weekend during a march and vigil in Boston. pic.twitter.com/ym2eqdh8Ln
— BostonMedicalCenter (@The_BMC) November 20, 2018
East Midlands, England:
I’ve had the most incredible evening of music, singing, poetry and great company at our #TDOR vigil. Moving doesn’t even begin to describe it, thank you @SmithSamanthauk for organising it, and for inviting me. #byyourside #TransDayOfRemembrance Keep smiling 🙂🏳️🌈🙂🏳️🌈🙂🏳️🌈🙂🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/XHZ0lBvL4B
— Andy Parkin (@AndyParkin0136) November 20, 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico:
Very moving #TDoR vigil outside @birminghamlgbt #TDOR18 #TransDayofRememberance pic.twitter.com/wMmABk9mAs
— Aimee Challenor (@AimeeChallenor) November 20, 2018
The #Bournemouth #TDoR vigil is over for another year.
A year of heartbreaking work & heartrending stories just paid off in solidarity.
The community here (#trans and allies alike) is special & amazing. We care, and we support each other. #WeGotThis #TransDayOfRemembrance #TDoR pic.twitter.com/O856VnGsMW
— Anna-Jayne Metcalfe 🌈🍦🏃♀️⚡️🦞 (@annajayne) November 20, 2018
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Let’s end this day by taking a moment to remember the lives of those trans brothers and sisters that we’ve lost to hatred and violence. • • • Thank you @gabriela_nj for bringing this enlightening film to our campus! #TDOR #transdayofremembrance #TransLivesMatter #LGBTQ+ #alliance #awareness #justice
Dublin City, Ireland:
We would like to thank everyone who turned up to the #ThisIsMe #TransDayofRememberance Vigil on this cold and wet evening at Leinster House.
It was a lovely, impactful demonstration to remember our trans siblings that are no longer with us.
Rest in pride & power.#TDOR pic.twitter.com/NzIoMbK13D
— ThisIsMe Campaign (@ThisIsMeIreland) November 20, 2018
Image, top, by ThisIsMeIreland via Twitter
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