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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.

FILE UNDER: Transgendered


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2 Remarks

  1. I don’t know nor have I any transgendered people but, thank them for being at the front line of the fight for glbt equality, as they live thier lives the way they were born to, they have had to and many still do deal with hate in your face day in and day out, and, the danger as well, I just hope that ENDA and stricter laws will be passed SOON so that more protections can be put in place and longer jail time for chumps who hurt them.

  2. I lost a dear friend who was transgendered. If she hadn’t had to live with the bias against her, I really think she might still be here today.

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