HRC Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

Wednesday Nov 19, 2008

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, will honor Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday, November 20, 2008.

The 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice and also aims to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community.

"This year is one of the worst on record for the number of hate crimes in the transgender community and together we honor the memories of our transgender sisters and brothers lost to hatred and prejudice," said Allyson Robinson, Associate Director of Diversity at the Human Rights Campaign.

"The most highly publicized murders in the transgender community this year had included Lawrence King and Angie Zapata. Then last week we learned that Duanna Johnson, the transgender woman who in July was bludgeoned by police officers, had been murdered execution-style on the streets of Memphis. And just this week came word of the shooting death of Latiesha Green in Syracuse, New York, by someone she had only met hours before. All told, at least fifteen transgender people have been murdered in hate crimes in the U.S. this year alone."

Transgender Day of Remembrance is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 led tothe "Remembering Our Dead" web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.

Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities, including Washington, D.C. The Human Rights Campaign is asking its staff, volunteers, and other members of the community to be actively involved in Transgender Day of Remembrance activities throughout the country.

The National Capital Area's annual observance in Washington, D.C. will be held at Metropolitan Community Church.

For a complete list of vigils and remembrances around the world, visit

The Human Rights Campaign media center produced an awareness video ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance. To view the video and for further information on transgender education, visit


  • , 2008-11-19 21:05:57

    Why is HRC punishing legislators who voted against the version of ENDA that did not include trans people? Where is your article on that?

  • Kelli Busey, 2008-11-19 23:23:17

    Hrc has not reversed a policy that is as responsible as westboro baptist and focus on the family for murders of transgender people yet they reap literally millions of dollars a night in revenue from making people beleive they are our advocates. I challenge you HRC. Stop the lies. Stop the murdering lies now.

  • sweetbranigirl2004, 2008-11-20 09:12:43

    Pleasezzzzzzzzzz HRC Don’t you even go there !!! You have no right to speak for or about the trans community. When all you’ve done is fight against trans right and even intimidate members of congress for supporting trans Incluive ENDA. HRC is so ten mins ago and most of the community knows it they have redirected their support to other organizations. HRC has turned into nothing more then a good party planer. They have no real teeth in Washington anylonger. It’s time for them to shut up becaue were all tired of hearing their same old same old spin.Brandi ParkerSWVA Rep Equality Va

  • , 2008-11-20 12:00:35

    Very valid comments presented above. I can certainly appreciate this dialogue since it touches on some REAL issues. I think, however we need to focus on the core issue here which is HRC’s refusal to address the problem of continuing discrimination in corporate America. As I had commented on another article, hate crimes tend to happen more often in areas where poverty, unemployment and lower socioeconomic conditions exist. If more transgender people had the opportunity to have jobs (I mean REAL jobs that actually would place us in a more acceptable income bracket) then people at risk for such hate crimes could move to safer, more affluent areas. I am not saying that I do not think hate crimes are a problem because they are, but I feel that HRC needs to look at the core issue of the problem, which is why are transgender men and women continually kept oppressed in menial jobs and high risk neighborhoods where they can’t get out while you corporate and political "GL" A-list celebrities continue to reap the benefits and successes of your straight corporate "allies" ??? Although from a broader perspective, ENDA seems to be the answer for many. I believe that the answer lies in HRC putting its money where its mouth is and holding corporations directly accountable for discriminatory acts and for the community to unite to replace and even indict those "leaders" in HRC who appear to be manipulating the CEI index scores and protecting the very same discriminatory corporations which give thousands in corporate "sponsorships" to HRC !! So, in short Allyson Robinson and Joe Solmonese, don’t support our hate crime deaths if you can’t support the root cause of them !!! Provide us the means for us to obtain jobs that will allow us to share a piece of the same American dream that YOU and your "GL" and straight cronies currently enjoy........... Thank you for your time.

  • , 2008-11-20 15:04:45

    Wow, desperation? HRC is anything but an organization that considers trans people as contemporaries or peers. For the overwhelming majority of their history, we trans people we mere objects not even worthy of being included in their mission, much less their employ, much, much less their political capital resulting from unequivocal support of transgenders in legislation. We aren’t even worthy enough to own our own voices on our issues (and apparently they wish to co-opt our tragedies for profit as well). For many years, we long-in-tooth activists (such as NTAC) warned folks about HRC’s tendencies toward megalomania. We paid the price via their vilification, marginalization and silencing us in anything to do with even our own issues (much less anything gay/lesbian). Their message came through loudly and clearly: we are worthless creatures, only useful in the off chance the find way to "buy" one or two of us, then obligate them to market HRC and validate them to society while dividing us amongst our own. It quite a strategy, to keep us busy fighting our own while they sneak behind and capitalize while we’re distracted. Additionally, they control who is deemed our appointed leadership, thus retaining control of the message and the tempo of our agenda.Activist Joelle Ruby Ryan called them "the Wal-Mart of activism." It’s true. Their ambitious avarice knows no bounds, and will continue. All they need is a Transidict Arnold (and since 2002, there’s always a desperate, starry-eyed tranny somewhere to exploit). That, and continued tragedies to defacto own, and numbers from trans segments of the "gay" community that help reduce their income levels and boost their hate violence numbers (assisting their basis for need.)

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