Today, two days before Thanksgiving, is the international Transgender Day of Remembrance. On Thursday, many trans people will not be able to go home and see their families because of transphobic bigotry. Others will be forced to remain closeted just so they can sit at the table and not have to fear hostility.
Globally, 369 trans people have been murdered for being trans - that we know of. Most of them were women, migrants, and/or sex workers. You can see the full list here.
As of October 3, 22 trans people have been murdered for being trans (that we know of) in the U.S. in 2018. Last year, the number for the entire year was 29. I'm hoping we're doing better this year but it's impossible to know for sure.
Trans people have had yet another rough year with the Trump administration attacking trans rights and taking steps to eliminate recognition of their existence altogether. Prominent transgender activists have also had their passports confiscated and their information "mysteriously" disappear from official records so that they are unable to obtain a new one with their actual gender. This is a calculated attack that spells trouble ahead for trans people in this country. You know, more than usual.
If you're cis and know any trans people, make sure to check in on them this week and generally around the holidays. And maybe take some time to reflect on the fact that the average lifespan of a trans person anywhere in the world is incredibly low.
If you're trans, know that you can reach out to me any time for anything. If you just need someone to talk to, I'm pretty good at listening. If you need a distraction, let's play Steam games together or just joke about silly stuff.
You're beautiful and amazing and I will never stop fighting for you.