Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Make a difference this Transgender Day of Remembrance

Donate to the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal via Kickstarter!
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. - International Transgender Day of Remembrance Website
On Wednesday November 20th, 2013 communities across the world will memorialize those killed due to anti-trans* hatred or prejudice. BiNet USA stands strongly in support of the transgender community and recognizes the need for tracking of anti-transgender violence. We are glad to report that trans* and bisexual advocate Allison Woolbert has a Kickstarter fundraiser going to do just that!  Allison was interviewed by BiNet USA board member AJ Walkley on the HuffingtonPost.com recently and said,
Currently, there is no data repository that can validate and provide tangible evidence of the violence that has been inflicted on the transgender community. Most of the information is scattered in sensationalized news articles, or published in blog formats that are not conducive to the collection of factual reports and statistics relevant to build awareness of what is happening. The facts related to the murders of transgender/genderqueer/non-binary people are often unavailable until the Transgender Day of Remembrance information is published in November each year. - Read more on HuffingtonPost.com
Allison Woolbert of the 
Transgender Violence Tracking Portal
Allison is challenging a status quo that would silence a community in great need, something I think all bisexuals can get behind! When I spoke with Allison today she told me,
The need for this website is clear: right now very little information is collected about the appalling amount of violence against the transgender community. There is no centralized place to track the status of cases, or to search for what’s happening in specific neighborhoods, or to see trends and demographic information. What we seek to do is collect this information and make it accessible to the public. Information is power. In order to act, we have to be aware. - Allison Woolbert of the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal
Please take the time to attend a vigil tomorrow in your local community to remember the too many who have been lost to anti-transgender violence. You can find a vigil in your community by visiting the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website here. 

Allison's Kickstarter has reached goal but any additional funds will greatly assist in protecting the transgender community in real time. Visit here to chip in what you can!