Today, the GSBA joins thousands across the globe as we honor the lives lost to anti-trans violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a crucial day for all trans and non-binary identified people and allies, in which we not only memorialize these lives, but renew our stand in the fight to eliminate such acts and the rhetoric which enables it.
A Human Rights Campaign report this week stated 22 transgender people were murdered in the US, in 2018 alone. The report also sites that 82 percent of those killed this year were transgender women of color, and that 64 percent were under the age of 35. Last year, this number reached its all-time high with 29 fatalities.
We ask our members and extended community to take a moment today to reflect on these lives our world lost all too soon, and to take up the mantle by committing themselves to learning and understanding what it means to be an ally to trans and non-binary people. We encourage all of our cisgender members to learn about trans and non-binary identity, anti-trans rhetoric and micro-aggressions, and to seek out new ways to implement trans-inclusive practices in not only their workplace, but in their own lives.
Ingersoll Gender Center provides excellent training for those who would like to dive deeper into trans-allyship and welcome a trans-inclusive training for their workplace. We recommend our members take advantage of these wonderful resources.
Today, Ingersoll Gender Center and UTOPIA Seattle are hosting their annual Transgender Day of Remembrance event at Trinity Community Church in Kent from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All who would like to pay their respects to those lost are welcome to attend.