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Trans Day of Remembrance 2018

Today, on International Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), Egale Canada raises our voice alongside people and organizations across Canada and around the world as we come together to create awareness of this day and to acknowledge the hate crimes against trans and gender-diverse people that continue to afflict our community. Most of all, we come together to honour, recognize, and celebrate the lives of trans-identified people who have passed away because of transphobia.

We continue to see acts of transphobia, hate and intolerance. According to the most recent statistics from Stats Canada, hate crimes against the LGBTQ2 community continue to be the most violent of all minority groups. And as we know from experience, this worsens even further for trans people, non-binary people, and especially trans people of colour.

Violence against trans and gender-diverse people nearly always overlaps with other forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and anti-sex worker sentiment and discrimination. Every part of a person’s identity plays a role in the discrimination they face and this is something that we continue to acknowledge with all trans and gender-diverse people experiencing hate and intolerance.

The TDoR 2018 update revealed a total of 369 cases of reported killings of trans and gender-diverse people between October 2017 and September 2018. This is an increase of 44 cases compared to last year’s update and 74 cases compared to 2016. Overall, there was a total of 2982 reported cases in 72 countries worldwide between 1st of January 2008 and 30th of September 2018. (https://transrespect.org).

This year on Trans Day of Remembrance, we want to encourage and even challenge people in cities, towns and communities across Canada to take steps to help make sure that all trans, gender-diverse and non-binary folks in your life are safe. Whether that means advocating for trainings on inclusion in your school or workplace, walking your trans friend home when it’s dark out, or just simply checking in with the trans and non-binary people in your life to let them know you care.

Three ways you can make a difference in the lives of trans and gender-diverse folks are:

  • Educate yourself on the experiences of trans people, their issues and concerns.
  • Use people’s preferred terms, pronouns, genders and names.
  • Speak out when you see any form of stigma, discrimination or violence against trans people.

Take a moment with us today and remember those we’ve lost due to transphobia, but also take an action to help ensure we don’t continue in the same cycles of hate. Every act of kindness matters.