About a week ago a petition appeared on change.org, asking that the largest LGBT (Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual, and Transgender ) organizations, such as HRC, The Task Force, and others drop the T, and stop fighting for transgender causes. The petition quickly went viral, spawning a thankfully much more successful counter and statements from the organization's that their commitment to trans rights remained.
This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we as a community need to remember those on whose shoulders we stand and who paved the way for so many of this movements immense success. We would not have the nationwide success of marriage equality if it were not for the bravery, tenacity, and sacrifices of so many. We have also lost so many this year, predominantly trans women of color. Petitions like the aforementioned are simply a small symptom, a tiny sneeze, representative of the disease of transphobia, and especially transmisogynoir that is often at the root of the deaths of so many.
Though the overall movement, including trans rights, has made great strides recently it is still not enough. One death is too much. On this TDOR we all need to firmly commit ourselves to fighting transphobia and transmisogynoir wherever we find it. Transphobia, and transphobic acts, even “harmless” ones like petitions or jokes in media are absolutely acts of violence. They are acts of terrorism against trans people. Terror and violence that combine with other forces like racism, police brutality and white cis hetero patriarchy to serve one end, the death of trans individuals.
Every single member of the LGBQ community must pledge that even one death is too much. That next year we will have a shorter list to read out. We have the power, especially the cis white members, of this community, to make a difference.