By Sabrina Samone, TMP
So guess what? It seems November is our month and this week is Transgender Awareness week. This week aims to bring attention to the issues faced by transgender and gender-nonconforming people. The week will end with the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when individuals and organizations around the world gather to memorialize the victims of anti-trans hatred and violence.
Our people suffer persistent inequalities in all aspects of life. Transgender people are often the most visible and therefore most marginalized part of the greater LGBT community, particularly those individuals who face multiple oppressions based on class and race,” says Dru Levasseru, Director of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project.
Every year, the Transgender Awareness week calls to light the need for greater public understanding and acceptance of people whose gender identity or expression differs from societal expectations about how they should look, act, or identify.
- 50% of transgender individuals report having to teach their medical providers about transgender care
- 28% report being subjected to harassment in medical settings
- 19% report being refused care due to their transgender or gender non-conforming status
According to a recent gay star news report; At least 238 Trans-people have been murdered worldwide this past year. Brazil and Mexico lead the list in the most reported killings of Trans-men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project. Transgender Europe fears the numbers are only the tip of the iceberg of the real figures. The report only includes the murders of Trans-people that can be documented through publicly available information, or are reported by local advocacy groups. Media organizations – including normally reputable Western names - are often guilty of miss-gendering the victims when they are Trans, making it even more difficult to get a real sense of the problem. And even in countries where rights for gays and lesbians have made progress, it is clear they are still dangerous places for Trans-people to exist. In Brazil, 95 Trans-people were reportedly murdered, and in Mexico, 40 were killed. Other countries include the United States, with 16 murders, Venezuela, with 15, Colombia, with 12, and Turkey, with eight. The project also has found the highest number of murders of minors in the five years it has been keeping statistics. Since the start of 2013, 11 Trans-people under the age of 18 have been killed. Just one of these was a 16-year-old Trans-girl murdered by a mob at a house party in Jamaica. A Transgender Europe spokesman said: ‘The alarming figures demonstrate once more that there is an urgent need to react to the violence against Trans-people and to seek mechanisms to protect Tran- people.
This is an important week to educate those around you about the lives of yourself and other transgender people. Stand tall be visible, if not for you and for the 238 Transgender brothers and sisters that have passed this year alone. I may be new to the Charleston West Virginia area but we will find our way to educate one person this week on what it means to be Trans and to remember those that have fallen.
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