See “Transgender Day of Remembrance” video of people who lost their lives for being different
Being gay is not always easy – especially when you’re young.
But I imagine it is a walk in the park compared to being a transgender person.
To show you how ignorant I used to be, back in the mid-90s I was attending a Coming Out group at The Center in Long Beach and one night, the trans group was still in the room when I arrived – and I was a little scared.
Thank God I know plenty of trans people now and don’t find them the least bit scary. I find them courageous and awesome for the most part.
But I only know the survivors, the people who have managed to make it through and thrive. Sadly, at least 12 transgender people have been murdered in the US so far this year simply for being who they are and 256 people worldwide.
Their deaths have been horrendous. Burned or shot or stabbed repeatedly. Dragged, maimed, thrown in a ditch.
So many young transgender people lose their lives each year because they are often forced to leave their fates up to the streets. Forty percent of homeless youth are transgender and one-third of transgender youth have attempted suicide.
They haven’t done anything wrong and they need our love and understanding.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has released this video today as part of its extensive efforts to draw attention to Transgender Day of Remembrance which is held on Nov. 20 each year.