On November 20, we observe #TransRemembranceDay.
According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Transgender Day of Remembrance was launched in honor of Rita Hester who was killed on November 28, 1998. Sadly, since 2013, there have been 128 known anti-transgender homicides reported in the U.S. In 2018 alone, there have already been 22 known transgender people violently killed in the country. On November 20, transgender people who have had their lives taken from them are remembered.
Blavity previously reported on the alarmingly rapid increase in hate crimes targeting Black trans women, in particular. According to a HRC report, 82 percent of the transgender people killed in 2018 were women of color; 64 percent were under the age of 35.
Lourdes Hunter, the executive director of the Trans Women of Color Collective and a Black trans woman, told NBC News worrying about impending violence is unfortunately part of her daily life. “Going to the market, going to the store,” she said, "Simple things like that, you could lose your life.”
Many took to Twitter Tuesday to honor those lost to anti-trans violence with the hashtag, #TransRemembranceDay.
Celine Walker, 36, was fatally shot in a hotel room on on Feb 4 in Jacksonville, Florida. It was not known for several days that Walker was trans because local police claimed to not refer to victims as transgender. Investigators are still looking for a suspect in her death. pic.twitter.com/xCgbcIgJhi— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Tonya Harvey, 35, was fatally shot on Feb 6 in Buffalo, NY. A friend of Harvey’s expressed her condolences on FB, writing: “I knew her since I started transitioning, she was so sweet and loving.” Police have confirmed they're looking into the incident as a possible hate crime. pic.twitter.com/UxKiLIkZ2y— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Phylicia Mitchell, 45, was shot and killed outside her home on February 23 in Cleveland, Ohio. On April 10, https://t.co/nagSjKbDS2 reported that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Gary Sanders. Sanders was charged with aggravated murder in Mitchell's death.— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Her longtime partner, Shane Mitchell, described her as "funny and kind" and that "everyone loved her." pic.twitter.com/pEs1PTJWy4— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Amia Tyrae Berryman, 28, was fatally shot at a local motel on March 26 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Few details are known about the crime, and police report they have no suspects or persons of interest at this time.— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Peace be Upon you.. Amia. pic.twitter.com/2yybpgsyOp
“I will miss you my beautiful sister. I cannot sleep, I hope they find who did this.” pic.twitter.com/6nXbOqPwP7— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
“like someone stole something from me that I will never be able to get back.” pic.twitter.com/G3QHdNvjog— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Diamond Stephens, 39, was murdered on 6/18 in Meridian, Mississippi. Family said Stephens had an “incredible personality.” As is the case in reporting anti-trans violence, she was misgendered in police statements & media reports, which delayed awareness of this deadly incident. pic.twitter.com/39e2wBihWq— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Sasha Garden, 27, was found dead w. signs of trauma in Orlando, Florida, early July 19. Sasha is remembered by loved ones as a “firecracker” who “didn’t hold anything back.” Friends recall Garden as a talented & aspiring hair stylist & had been saving money to fund her transition pic.twitter.com/YYwfuqX6nD— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
“Every time you saw her she had a smile on her face," said . “She was just trying to live her best life as a young girl.” pic.twitter.com/zP3d9ui2lp— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
Vontashia Bell, 18, was fatally shot on August 30 in a neighborhood of Shreveport, Lousiana. The Louisiana Trans Advocates organization released a statement condemning the shooting and calling on the city’s leaders to help curb the violence against the trans community. pic.twitter.com/YyREUVXWCb— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
by friends and loved ones, who said that she will “always be missed.” pic.twitter.com/YOVAb5WRWg— IAM (@IndyaMoore) November 20, 2018
“We honor their contribution to the movement,” said Hunter, who is scheduled to mark the remembrance with a speech at Metropolitan Community Church in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night. “It’s because of them — their energy, their presence, their existence — that we are here today, still moving forward.”
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