Transgender Day of Remembrance

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.

This report includes the names of every transgender and gender non-conforming person killed as a result of their gender identity. The day also seeks to draw attention to the ongoing violence that people from the transgender community are subjected to.

Transgender violence has reached record highs, with 25 deaths reported this year in the United States alone. Other statistics collected by GLAAD show slightly different numbers, including more reported trans deaths in 2016 than the HRC report indicates.

Monday is the global transgender day of remembrance and Wichita Falls MCC is taking the day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.

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A recent report sponsored by Trans People of Color Coalition and the Human Rights Campaign indicates that a total of 102 transgender people have been killed in the United States over the past five years, according to ABC Australia. She says that's more than all of past year.

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a somber anniversary that recognizes transgender people who've lost their lives in the past year, including a South Dakota trans woman murdered in January.

"TDOR is our time to acknowledge and mourn those who have been victims to the still prevalent levels of transphobia, violence and hatred".

While our young generation bring greater acceptance and hope, sadly though our helplines and community groups we still hear of young trans people who are, all too often, suffering from hate, discrimination and violence.

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