Trans(lating) History

November 20, 2017 at 15:11 pm

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This Monday, November 20 marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual event started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith 18 years ago as a vigil to commemorate the lives of transgender people lost to anti-transgender bigotry and violence.

Trans people have long endured brutal and inhumane acts of violence directed against them, despite having committed no crime other than existing in a cissexist, transphobic society. Trans people are discriminated against, harassed, assaulted and murdered at exceedingly high rates. Trans women and femmes especially are targets of violence due to transmisogyny - the intersection of transphobia and misogyny. It is no surprise that the most victims of anti-trans violence are Black trans women, highlighting that gender-based violence, transphobia, and anti-blackness are intimately tied together.

Trans people are hyper visible as targets of violence, but injustices against them are made invisible in our society.

We ask the McMaster and Hamilton community to join us in mourning the lives lost to anti-trans violence, and learning about the history of challenges and victories for trans, nonbinary, other gender, and two spirit communities in Canada and the US.

To our trans friends, we stand with you and pledge to fight against anti-trans rhetoric and bigotry.

To our cis friends and allies, we hope you will join us in learning about, remembering, and celebrating the lives of trans people of past and present. Know their names, learn their stories, and resist transphobia and anti-trans bigotry in all its forms.

Please follow our Facebook event for details on the Historical Timeline Viewing and the Vigil.

Stay tuned in January for our weeklong campaign Trans(forming) Mac to bring the trans community together, share NEW resources WGEN will be offering, and to educate ourselves about overt and subtle forms of transphobia that permeate our culture.

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