November 20th is the official Transgender Day of Remembrance where advocates and allies take time to remember and mourn the violence and hatred directed towards transgender people.
Many took to social media sites to express themselves about the day.
Cherno Biko created a video where she speaks of the names of 22 known transgender victims who have died in the United States this year.
— Look Different (@LookDifferent) November 20, 2015
Some people expressed their complete devastation at the world and the way that transgender people are often treated.
Keep in mind all the trans folks we have lost to injustice, violence, and bigotry. #TransDayOfRemembrance
— Steve Grand (@SteveGrandMusic) November 20, 2015
Remembering those who have taken their own lives due to the overwhelming violence and transphobia against them. #TransDayOfRemembrance
— Feminism Vibes (@feminismvibes) November 20, 2015
Others reminded us to mourn, but to also make sure that not all of our time and energy was focused on the dead, but to also, protect and celebrate the living.
Please take a moment of quiet today for trans day of remembrance. Mourn the dead. Protect the living.
— Erin Kyan (@Erinkyan) November 19, 2015
To all who are scared, who feel alone & without basic rights; I know your names. I hear you. I will fight with you. #TransDayOfRemembrance
— Slynn Sterling (@slsterlingsgold) November 20, 2015
— Heaven/Ben (@being_heaven) November 20, 2015
There were also some who wanted to draw attention to the intersecting issues of race, class, and gender identity.
Trans day of remembrance: when white middle class trans ppl pretend they’re as oppressed as Brazilian sex working travesti.
— Deathsaurus Silvera (@ab_silvera) November 10, 2015
I am doing this because this #TransDayOfRemembrance means keeping trans women’s needs at the forefront of my feminism. Thank you.
— Olivia Olivia (@writeswrongs) November 20, 2015
Others still created artwork as expressions of life, death, power, and grief.
Trans Artists Made These Stunning Posters For Trans Day Of Remembrance https://t.co/ahHmy5I1qv
— STFU, Pro-Lifers (@STFUProLifers) November 20, 2015
Government and politicians also responded, demonstrating the growing awareness of a need to support and protect transgender individuals.
To all those we have lost: Rest in Power.
To all those who live: We believe in you and will support you. You deserve safety and love.
Gwen is a writer who has an education degree, a social work background, an extensive knowledge of vegetables, and a devotion to queer revolutionary politics. She lives deep in the woods of Maine with two dogs, a magnificent partner, and an ever-growing collection of plants.