transgender day of remembrance

On Transgender Day of Remembrance and beyond, feminists need to step it up.
The 17-year-old has been successfully fighting for his right to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender.
About three years ago, I stepped on a plane to Kampala, Uganda. At the time, the media was reporting about Uganda as a place
Here in Washington, DC, we have created an organization called Casa Ruby, committed to creating new possibilities for the most vulnerable. Casa Ruby offers transitional housing, a safe place, and meals for the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community.
Whether or not you endorse the statements and behaviors of Ms. Jenner, it must be noted that her celebrity has focused attention on a matter too long ignored.
Today is the Day of Transgender Remembrance. For those who do not know the day, it's a day that we reflect on the trans lives that have been lost to violence this year. The list of names this year is longer than it's ever been.
While so much has changed for me and for our community, the world is still not a kind place for someone like me: an HIV positive, indigenous, immigrant and trans woman of color. What has gotten me this far and what inspires me to keep going is the resilience, creativity and tenacity of the trans and genderqueer community.
Today is Transgender day of Remembrance, the annual day memorializing trans people killed in transphobic acts of violence.
The sad truth is, this personal moment is not exclusive to November 20th. I, like many others, live perpetually is a state of fear of the reaction from those who do not support my identity.
Negative attitudes and beliefs about gender nonconforming identities and people alone cannot explain the unrelenting violence against black and brown transgender women.
In those moments you feel no one cares and no one loves you, remember you are important and we need you to survive. After 25 years in the transgender community, I can assure you it will not always be bad.
As you remember the transgender lives lost this year, know that you are walking at the crossroads of so many forms of oppression. If you have personal and institutional power, know that you are not helpless in the face of these atrocities; you can do something.
This is by no means a complete list. Most transgender deaths are unreported or lost due to misgendering.
I believe that the willingness to be oneself, one's true self, openly in public is a scary thing for anyone. Honesty in the face of adversity is a form of moral strength. For transgender people, being "out" can be downright dangerous.
Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."
Queering the winter holidays, let's celebrate our uniquely inclusive community where deep and real friendships cross every boundary -- without judgment or fear between us.
I feel like I owe it to those people to speak up and speak out, but I also owe it to myself to respect myself enough not to toss out my experiences carelessly. Like I said before, I'm cool with talking about gender. It's something that needs to be talked about.