Every year Transgender people around the world spend time to remember those of us who were killed for being Trans. It is something we live with, the possibility we would be killed for who we are.
We all know someone who has died for living their true life. Most people do not have that in their worlds. We do. We live knowing we could be next. It might be on the street, at work, and even in our own home.
November 20 is our Day of Remembrance. We will gather to read the names of those killed during the last year. It is never “no one”.
With the republican party, now the maga party, constantly attacking us in so many ways. Making our lives impossible by banning us to use the restroom, or receiving qualified medical care, and focusing hate at us, we suffer greater attacks.
Almost twenty years ago I was enjoying lunch with the chief of police of my city when the topic of the latest FBI report on minority statistics came out. At the time the murder rate of transgender people was about one hundred times that of white people. I asked him what he thought about my odds. He looked at me. After a decent pause he said “off the charts”. I was an “out” politician.
London Price, a Black trans woman, was killed in Miami-Dade County, Florida on October 23. She was 26 years old.
Lisa Love, a Black trans woman, was killed in Chicago, Illinois on October 17. She was 35 years old.
A’nee Johnson, a Black trans woman, was killed in Washington, DC on October 14. She was 30 years old.
Dominic Dupree (also known as Dominic Palace), a Black gender-nonconforming person, was killed in Chicago, Illinois on October 13. They were 25 years old.
Chyna Long, a Black trans woman, was killed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 8. She was 30 years old.
YOKO (YOUONLYKNOWONE), a Black nonbinary, was killed in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 19. They were 30 years old.
Sherlyn Marjorie, a Latina trans woman, was killed in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 17. She was 35 years old.
Kylie Monali, a trans woman, was killed in Murrietta, California on September 7. She was 41 years old.
Luis Ángel Díaz Castro, a Latino transgender man, was killed in San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 12. He was 22 years old.
Thomas “Tom-Tom” Robertson, a Black gender non-conforming person, was killed in Calumet City, Illinois on August 17. They were 28 years old.
De’Vonnie J’Rae Johnson, a Black trans woman, was killed in Los Angeles, California on August 7. She was 28 years old.
Jacob Williamson, a white trans man, was killed in Monroe, North Carolina on June 30. He was 18 years old.
Chanell Perez Ortiz, a Latina trans woman, was killed in Carolina, Puerto Rico on June 25. She was 29 years old.
Ashia Davis (also known as Asia Davis), a Black trans woman, was killed in Detroit, Michigan on June 2. She was 34 years old.
Banko Brown (also known as Banko Paso), a Black trans man, was killed in San Francisco, California on April 27. He was 24 years old.
Rasheeda “Koko Da Doll” Williams, a Black trans woman, was killed in Atlanta, Georgia on April 18. She was 35 years old.
Ashley Burton, a Black trans woman, was killed in Atlanta, Georgia on April 11. She was 37 years old.
Tasiyah “Siyah” Woodland, a Black trans woman, was killed in St. Mary’s County, Maryland on March 24. She was 18 years old.
Tortuguita, a Indigenous queer and non-binary individual, was killed in Atlanta, Georgia on January 18. They were 26 years old.
Cashay B. Henderson, a Black trans woman, was killed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 26. She was 31 years old.
Imanitwitaho Zachee, a Black trans woman, was killed in Louisville, Kentucky on February 3. She was 26 years old.
Maria Fer, a Latina trans woman, was killed in Houston, Texas on January 21. She was 22 years old.
Jasmine “Star” Mack, a Black trans woman, was killed in Washington, DC on January 7. She was 36 years old.
Unique Banks, a Latina trans woman, was killed in Chicago, Illinois on January 23. She was 21 years old.