Many or most of you probably already know this, but tomorrow, November 20, is the National (in the U.S.) Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day chosen in remembrance of a transwoman who was killed (Rita Hester) in order for us all to remember those throughout the year who have been killed or died because of their gender identity or presentation.
Every year, I post the list of that year's dead, that their names might be known, where possible, and they might be remembered, even if for just one day. The Greco-Romans believed that immortality was to be found in the memory of those still living and this was why they considered a braggart nature a heroic virtue. Let us thus remember these victims, who have historically suffered great mutilations in the course of their murder, as if their killers were trying to erase them from the photograph of existence.
All the victims from all years past may be found on www.rememberingourdead.com.
After the list of the dead follows the details of the San Jose Day of Remembbrance which I will be attending. If you live in the area of Silicon Valley, please come. If not, I beg of you to find out where and when the nearest remembrance is. Many of the dead were alone when they died, and many believed they would always be alone even while they lived. Let not their loneliness continue into the chill after death. Let them be warmed by the fire of our tears, our thoughts, and our prayers.
Whichever of the alphabet soup you are (LGBTQQIA -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, or Ally -- the last meaning "we invite straight, cisgendered (non-trans) folk too"), please do this for them.
Lacking a specific formula as yet, I merely call upon the mup gods to look, read, and remember:
Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead.
Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the names of the dead.
Eris, look at the names of the dead.
Antinous, read the names of the dead.
Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead.
Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead.
Azathoth, look at the names of the dead.
Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead.
Inanna, remember the names of the dead.
List of murdered trans people from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007. For more info see:
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Nakia Ladelle Baker Location: Nashville, Tennessee Age: 31 yrs. old Cause of Death: trauma to the head Date of Death: January 7, 2007
Hasan Sabeh Location: Baghdad, Iraq Age: 34 yrs. old Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad Date of death: January 11, 2007
Keittirat Longnawa Location: Rassada, Thailand Age: ? Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths and then they slit her throat Date of Death: January 31, 2007
Tatiana (Aldomiro Gomes) Location: Trani, Italy Age: 57 Cause of Death: Her skull was bashed in, in the middle of the street and then Her head was slammed in a car door. Date of Death: February 18, 2007
Moira Donaire Location: Viña del Mar, Chile Age: 30 yrs. Old Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor Date of Death: March 5, 2007
Michelle Carrasco "Chela" Location: Santiago, Chile Age: 54 Yrs. Old Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely disfigured. Date of Death: March 16, 2007
Ruby Rodriguez Location: San Francisco, California Age: 27 Yrs. Old Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the street. Date of Death: March 16, 2007
Erica Keel Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Age: 21 Yrs. Old Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her Date of Death: March 23, 2007
Bret T. Turner Location: Madison, Wisconsin Age: 48 Yrs. Old Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds Date of Death: April 2, 2007
Manuela Di Cesare Location: Pescara, Italy Age: 37 Cause of Death: Head smashed by unknown object. Date of Death: April 21, 2007
Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire Location: Kingston, Jamaica Age: ? Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back Date of Death: July 7, 2007
Victoria Arellano Location: San Pedro, California Age: ? Cause of Death: She was denied necessary medications to treat HIV-related side effects. Date of Death: July 20, 2007
Oscar Mosqueda Location: Daytona Beach, Florida Age: ? Cause of Death: Shot to death Date of Death: July 29, 2007
Stefania (no found second name) Location: Roma, Italy Age: 35 Cause of Death: Violently beaten with skull bashed in. Date of Death: August 1, 2007
Maribelle Reyes Location: Houston, Texas Age: ? Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment centers due to her transgender status. Date of Death: August 30, 2007
DATE: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
LOCATION: The DeFrank Center Ballroom 938 The Alameda San Jose CA
The evening will focus on highlighting the substantial progress made in understanding and protecting transgender people.
Speaking at the event will be Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Danielle Castro of TransPowerment, Shelly Prevost, Director of the powerful film "Trained in the way of men", Reverend Sky Anderson of the San Jose Metropolitan Community Church and Sylvia Guerrero, The mother of Gwen Araujo.
The evening will conclude with a reading of names for those who lost their lives due to hate crimes this past year.
For more details please go to: www.reelfreedom.com/DOR_info_2007.htm