Today marks the 14th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, commemorating the lives of those lost due to violent transphobia.
According to the Trans Murder Monitoring Project, over the past twelve months alone, 265 transgender people were murdered around the world.* This number is a conservative estimate and does not take into account the countless murders that occurred when an individual’s gender identity went unnoticed, unreported or misunderstood.
“On this solemn day, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission mourns the loss of our transgender brothers and sisters whose lives were cut short by ignorance and hate. We call upon governments everywhere to eliminate discriminatory laws that encourage transphobic violence and to conduct popular education to respect the safety and dignity of all people, regardless of gender identity or expression,” said Jessica Stern, Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).
“Today, we urge governments whose social policies produce invisibility, pathology and mutilation to face a trans person. We invite them to recognize the marvels of diversity and recognize our contributions to community. Instead of working to normalize our bodies—as if our bodies are wrong—let’s work together to construct policies that are inclusive and based on respect,” said Andrés Rivera, Senior Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean at IGLHRC.
* For the list with all 265 names as well as additional information on the reported murders, visit the TDOR 2012 Names List on the website of the Trans Murder Monitoring Project.