Sunday, 24 November 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Last Wednesday (20th November 2013) was the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a day where we can remember those that are no longer with us. Those transgender individuals from around the world that it has been possible to identify from media reports that have been murdered for simply being who they are.
On Wednesday I did what I've wanted to do since I heard about TDOR and went to the memorial service that was being held at Bristol City Hall.
The City Council have provided a room to be used free of charge for the memorial for several years. This year there were over 20 people attending.
Cheryl who organised the event spoke to us briefly beforehand and then read through a list of those that have died, there were over 230 people that have been shot, stabbed, stoned, drowned, thrown off bridges, run over by vehicles , strangled and beheaded. Over 230 people that have been identified from media reports around the world.
This doesn't include all those transgender people that have been murdered in countries where it isn't possible to learn about their deaths.
It also doesn't include those that have died at their own hands because the pressures of trying to be themselves, or trying to live as the person that they aren't really, or pressure that arises from being outed in the media, is too much to bare and the only way out is to take their own life.
I'm lucky that I live in a country where, although its possible to get taunted, physically beaten and outed in the media, we don't have the levels of violence against transgender individuals that other countries have.

On Friday I spoke with my contact in HR as the article I'd written about what TDOR and being transgender meant to me had been published on our company diversity and inclusion site. I was interested in finding out what she thought about it. L had not read the piece as she'd wanted to be able to devote time to reading it and digesting it, something that she'd not been able to do up until that point, although she had read the first part.
As I we spoke I told her about Wednesday evening and the numbers involved. I also told her that I'd decided that next year I wanted to do something local. Bristol is a long way to travel and it would be nice to have something for people in the area I live, that might not be able to travel so easily, to attend. I have an idea for a venue already, I just need to start organising something.
As L and I spoke she said that with everything that she thinks its amazing that with everything that I have to deal with that I want to help others. I told her that I'd been lucky that I'd had it so easy with my transition. L's reply was that she didn't think I'd had it that easy. I think we'll have to agree to differ on that one.

For a while now I've been watching others transitioning and seen the difficulties that they've faced. I know I have it easier. I've got a wonderful support network in my family and friends. This would have been a lot harder without them. I know that with a bit of effort I could probably go stealth and maybe one day I will but until then I'm going to look at what I can do to help those transgender men and women that I know that are having a harder time. How I do that is still a work in progress but organising something for next year's Day of Remembrance will be a start.

In the meantime here is a list of those individuals that are no longer with us, who's voices have been stilled. Whether permanently or temporarily, depending on your own spiritual or religious beliefs.


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Natália Sotero (age:20)
Cause of death: gunshots
Location of death: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: July 17th, 2013
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Rafael da Silva Tavares (age:21)
Cause of death:  six gunshots
Location of death: Baixada Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death: July 19th, 2013
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Valeria (age:30)
Cause of death:  Beaten to death with sticks
Location of death: Conceição do Lago-Açu, Maranhão, Brazil
Date of death: August 1st, 2013
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Unknown woman
Cause of death: Stoning, skull crushed.
Location of death: Téofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Date of death: August 11th, 2013
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Joales dos Santos (age:22)
Cause of death: gunshot at close range to left breast.
Location of death: Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil
Date of death: August 18, 2013
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Wagner Paula Rodrigues (age:42)
Cause of death: Stoning
Location of death: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: August 24th, 2013
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Unidentified woman
Cause of death: Severe head injuries, body thrown under a truck
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: August 28, 2013
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Unidentified woman
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head
Location: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death:
June 25th, 2013
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Otávio Nascimento Valadares (age: 20)
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head
Location: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: June 12th, 2013
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Unidentified child (age: 13)
Cause of death: hanging
Location: Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Date of death: June 8th, 2013
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Ronald Feitosa Souza (age:26)
Cause of death: beaten to death, severe head injuries
Location: Colniza, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: May 23rd, 2013
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Fábio da Conceição Machado (age: 26)
Cause of death: stoning.
Location: Mumbuca, Mateiros, Tocantins, Brazil
Date of death: May 15th, 2013
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Jorge Luciano Soares De Oliveira (age: 38)
Cause of death: blow to the head.
Location: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Date of death: May 12th, 2013
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unidentified woman 
Cause of death: bullet to head and leg
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: May 11th, 2013
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Rosa Fernando Domingues (age:36)
Cause of death: stabbed to death. Knive wounds to left eye, neck, and shoulder.
Location: São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.
Date of death: May 11th, 2013
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unidentified woman
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: February 24th, 2013
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unidentified woman
Cause of death: seven stab wounds
Location: Gravataí, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Date of death: February 24th, 2013
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Joelma
Cause of death: gunshot
Location: Altos, Piauí, Brazil
Date of death: February 9th, 2013
source
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Mônica Lewinski (age:38)
Cause of death:
 gunshot wound to the head
Location: 
Curitiba, Paraná , Brazil
Date of death: 
February 8th, 2013
source
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unknown woman
Cause of death: stoned, stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle.
Location:
 Jaboatão Guararapes, Pernambuco, Brazil
Date of death:
January 24th, 2013
source
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Nicole Galisteu (age:20)
Cause of death:
 Gunshot
Location:
 Santa Cândida, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: 
January 8th, 2013
source
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Stephanie (age:33)
Cause of death: Beaten and strangled to death.
Location:
  Embu das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death: 
March 3rd, 2013
source
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Dalvalei José Alves Pereira (age:37)
Cause of death: beheaded and burned with trans partner in their home.
Location:
  Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil
Date of death:  
December 24th, 2012
source
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Camila
Cause of death: beheaded and burned with partner in their home
Location:
  Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil
Date of death: 
December 24th, 2012
source
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Fernanda Queiroz
Cause of death: beaten to death, (multiple blows to the head), body burned. 
Location:
  Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: 
November 21st, 2012
source
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Angel Francisco Martinez Gonzalez
Cause of death: beaten and shot in the head.
Location:  Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Date of death:
April 11th, 2013
source
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Ashley Sinclair
Cause of death: beaten and shot in the head.
Location:  Orlando, Florida, USA
Date of death: 
April 11th, 2013
source
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Kelly Young
Cause of death: Gunshot
Location:  Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of death: 
April 3rd, 2013
source

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Palmira Garcia (age:37)
Cause of death: partially scalped, signs of torture, laceration to face.
Location:  Las Marvales, Venezuela 
Date of death: 
Feburary 5th, 2013
source
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Gaye
Cause of death: strangulation
Location:  Istanbul, Turkey
Date of death: 
July 29th, 2013
source
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Naomi Estrada (age:19)
Cause of death: two gunshots to the head and chest
Location:  Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Date of death: 
Feburary 1st, 2013
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Karen
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds, beheaded.
Location:  Zimatlán de Alvarez, Oaxaca, Mexico.  
Date of death: 
January 28th, 2013
source
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“Tiffany” Wesley Holder (age 19)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds.
Location:  Georgetown, Guyana
Date of death: 
January 11th, 2013
source
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Adán Amilcar Iglesias (age 20)
Cause of death: four gunshot wounds to the head
Location: El Carmen, Honduras
Date of death: 
March 4, 2013
source
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Daniel Mendoza Ricardo Macias (age:23)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds.
Location:  Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico
Date of death: 
January 9th, 2013
source
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Domonique Newburn (age:31)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds.
Location:  Fontana, California, USA
Date of death: 
August 20th, 2013
source

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Islan Nettles (age:21)
Cause of death: blunt force trauma
Location:  Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Date of death:
August 17th, 2013
source

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Dwayne Jones  (age 16)
Cause of death: beaten, stabbed, shot & run over by a car.
Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Date of death: 
July 22nd, 2013
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Cemia “CeCe” Dove (age:23)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond.
Location:  Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Date of death: 
March 27th, 2013
source
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Renato Espinosa Reyes (age:23)
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location:  Toluca, Mexico
Date of death: 
December 5, 2012
source
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Yeison Ramirez Acosta (age:22)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds to the face, chest, and abdomen
Location:  Avenida Lequerica Velez Magangue, Bolivar, Colombia
Date of death: 
December 2012
source
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Eyricka Morgan  (age:26)
Cause of death: stabbing
Location:  New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Date of death:
September 24th, 2013
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Mylene (age:42)
Cause of death: blugeoned to death with a hammer
Location of death: Limoges, France
Date of death: July 24th, 2013
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Evon Young (age:22)
Cause of death: tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster.
Location of death: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Date of death: January 1st, 2013
source
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Artegus Konyale Madden (age:37)
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the neck
Location: Savannah, Texas, USA
Date of death: September 1st, 2013
source

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Dora Oezer (age:24)
Cause of death: stabbed to death
Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Date of death: July 9th, 2013
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Unknown woman
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to head and chest.
Location: Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
Date of death: October 25th, 2013
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Natascha (age:27)
Cause of death: Gun shot wound
Location:  Várzea Grande, Mato Grosso, Brazil 
Date of death: 
October 10th, 2013
source
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Brunete Nascimento Chagas (age:22)
Cause of death:head trauma, beaten to death with sticks
Location: Marituba, Pará, Brazil
Date of death: 
October 06th, 2013
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Unknown woman
Cause of death: Gunshot wound
Location: Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Date of death: 
October 23rd, 2013
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Unknown woman
Cause of death: Found floating in a gully
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Date of death:
July 07th, 2013
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Unknown woman
Cause of death: strangled, body dumped in a pasture
Location: Sertanópolis, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: 
October 14th, 2013
source
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Unknown woman
Cause of death: stabbed in the neck
Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Date of death: 
October 18th, 2013
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Hilary Molina Mendiola
Cause of death: thrown naked from a bridge
Location: 
Mexico City, Mexico
Date of death:
 September 22nd, 2013
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S. Athiswaran (age:31)
Cause of death: Multiple stab wounds, hands and legs were tied with a string, face was also covered with plastic
Location:  
Bagan Ajam, Penang, Malaysia
Date of death: October 13, 2013
source
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Gunce Hatun
Cause of death: stabbed in the chest
Location: 
Beylikdüzü, Istanbul,Turkey
Date of death: December 12, 2012
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Unidentified woman
Cause of death:  4 gunshot wounds
Location: 
Santa Rita, Paraíba, Brazil
Date of death: September 24th, 2013
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Diamond Williams (age:31)
Cause of death: dismembered, and body parts thrown in a field.
Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of death: July 14th, 2013
source
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Terry Golston
Cause of death: Gunshot
Location: Shreveport,Louisiana, USA
Date of death: September 6, 2013
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Jock Maurice McKinney (aka Valarie)
Cause of death: a single gunshot wound to the lower body.
Location: Shreveport,Louisiana, USA
Date of death: July 12th, 2013
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Dicky Othman
Cause of death: hands and legs bound, and her mouth stuffed with a piece of cloth
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date of death: December 4th, 2012
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Fatima Woods (age:53)
Cause of death: stabbed twice in the torso
Location: Rochester, New York, USA
Date of death: May 30th, 2013
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Melony Smith (age:28)
Cause of death: beaten to death
Location: Baldwin Park, California, USA
Date of death: September 9th, 2013
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unknown woman (age:18)
Cause of death: gunshot
Location:  Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
Date of death: September 11th, 2013
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“Maiara” Castro Da Silva (age:23)
Cause of death: unknown, body dumped, in advanced state of decomposition
Location:  Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
Date of death: September 9th, 2013
source
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Unidentified woman (age:21)
Cause of death: stoned, shot, and beaten to death.
Location of death: Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death: September 5th, 2013
source
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Unidentified woman
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location of death: Nova Serrana, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: September 10th, 2013
source
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Unidentified woman
Cause of death: gunshot
Location of death: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: September 6th, 2013
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Unidentified woman
Cause of death: stabbed, found dumped in a stream in an advanced state of decompisition
Location of death: Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
Date of death: September 9th, 2013
source
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Unidentified woman
Cause of death: unknown, body dumped in trash can.
Location of death: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Date of death: November 8th, 2013
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Amari White (age:22)
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location of death: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Date of death: November 9th, 2013
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The above list was obtained from http://www.transgenderdor.org/memorializing-2013

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