Grim milestone passed in the USA during Trans Awareness Week
November 13 saw the beginning of Trans Awareness Week worldwide which culminates in Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20.
It couldn’t come at a more poignant moment in time as murders of trans and gender non-conforming people have already hit a record high in the USA in 2021 with the death of Marquiisha Lawrence last week.
Tori Cooper, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative said: “With 45 recorded deaths, we’ve reached yet another tragic milestone this year. Marquiisha was clearly loved by so many.. She deserved to live, but her life was stolen from us far too soon.”
Cooper continued: “We must commit to honoring trans lives and ending the horrific epidemic of violence that plagues our community. Marquiisha deserved nothing less than our full commitment to building a better future for trans people.”
Trans people are under attack across the world with violent crime statistics soaring, especially amongst trans women of colour. The problem is only exacerbated by the constant rhetoric spouted by politicians and then repeated to frightening extremes on social media. The main stream media has even joined in these culture wars with renowned newspapers the world over joining in, aiding and abetting gender critical views that marginalise and place trans people in actual physical danger.
The time has never been more vital for Trans Awareness Week. The only problem being that people are certainly aware of the trans community right now, they just attack them with bigotry, seemingly unaware that their uneducated fear mongering results in real violence against some of the most vulnerable members of society.
The shocking news was brought to the attention of Press Secretary Jen Psaki this week and you can see her response below. It’s all very well to say placating words, actions are what’s needed. How is right to be able to freely spread misinformation which results in people being murdered? This is no longer a culture war, but a real one with real casualties.
We will remember them on Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20.