Transgender Day of Remembrance

from Soulforce

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Soulforce invites you to pause and remember those who have lost their lives as a result of anti-trans violence. We grieve for the following transgender people who were killed this year simply because of their gender identity and expression:

Nakia Ladelle Baker
Keittiral Langnaura
Moira Donaire
Michelle Carrasco “Chlea”
Ruby Rodriguez
Erica Keel
Bret T. Turner
Victoria Arellano
Oscar Mosqueda

At least one transgender person loses their life each month because of social prejudice and religion-based bigotry. Despite being the target of immense hatred and intolerance, transgender people have often been the first to take a stand for social justice during our movement’s struggle for equality and liberation. As we grieve, we also honor the leadership, bravery and passion of the transgender community, and work to transform our mourning into a steadfast determination to speak out, stand up, and resist injustice. Soulforce renews our vow to fight for the transgender community and will be doing so in new and visible ways in 2008 and beyond.

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