NCAVP recognizes International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Calls for action to end and prevent violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people 

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) stands in solidarity with transgender and gender nonconforming communities and their allies to observe the 14th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on Nov. 20.  NCAVP honors those lives lost and recommits to working to end and prevent all forms of violence, especially violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people.

NCAVP mourns the loss of 19 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the United States and Puerto Rico since the International Transgender Day of Remembrance in 2011. These losses include Desean Bowman of Baltimore, Maryland, Paige Clay of Chicago, Ill., Crain Conaway of Oceanside, Calif., Kyra Cordova of Philadelphia, Pa., Rene “Rosita” Delgado of Miami, Fla., Brenting Dolliole of New Orleans, La., Githe Goines of New Orleans, La., Tiffany Gooden of Chicago, Ill., Kendall Hampton of Cincinnati, Ohio, Erica Hernandez of Detroit, Mich., Tyrell Jackson of Riviera Beach, Fla., Tracey Johnson of Baltimore, Md., Deoni Jones of Baltimore, Md., Brandy Martell of Oakland, Calif., Dee Dee Pearson of Kansas City, Mo., Malena Suarez of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Janette Tobar of Dallas, Texas, Coko Williams of Detroit, Mich., and an unnamed victim of Hyattsville, Md.

NCAVP recognizes that violence against transgender people continues to be pervasive. According to NCAVP’s recent report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2011, transgender women made up 40 percent of the 30 reported hate murders in 2011, while representing only 10 percent of total hate violence survivors and victims.  Transgender people were more likely to experience severe forms of hate violence, police violence (1.67 times as likely), and hate-motivated sexual violence.  Transgender people were also 1.76 times as likely to require medical attention and were 1.58 times as likely to experience injuries as non-transgender people.  In addition, transgender people were less likely to have a hate crime classification.

NCAVP calls on community members, anti-violence organizations, and public officials to take immediate action in recognition of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance to end violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.

ACTION STEPS 

Prevent: NCAVP encourages communities to create programs, campaigns, and curricula to prevent anti-transgender harassment and violence and to promote safety.  Policymakers and funders should also create and support job programs for low-income transgender people.  Programs should develop the leadership of transgender and gender non-conforming people to inform prevention strategies based on lived experience.  NCAVP is available to provide support and resources to communities for their violence prevention efforts.

Respond: NCAVP recommends increasing support for transgender and gender non-conforming survivors of violence by increasing funding for services and banning barriers to service and discrimination based on gender identity and expression.  Contact us for technical assistance, information, and support.

Participate on November 20th: To get information on local events and ideas about how to commemorate the day, visit the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website, or contact NCAVP.

Report Violence: NCAVP encourages anyone who has experienced violence to contact a local anti-violence program.  For help locating an anti-violence program in your area, please contact us.

Get involved: Join NCAVP in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQH violence.  NCAVP’s efforts include policy advocacy, education, data analysis, and technical assistance.  Contact us to learn more.

About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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