Saturday, November 22, 2008

10th Annual Day of Remembrance

I didn't realise that not only was the 20th November Children's Day, but it was also the 10th Annual Day of Remembrance for transgendered folk who have died ... simply because they are transgendered. It is staggering that this still happens, even in this day and age.

Reminds me of Middle Ages up to 17th century witch hunts actually.

There is a memorial list here, of names, just some of those people who died so tragically for no good reason, because of hate crimes.

As Cheryl Morgan says over on her Mewsings:
"It isn’t obvious from that list as few of the entries give more than the basic cause of death, but many of those killings were executions. And I don’t mean state executions like the one in Iraq, I mean vigilante executions carried out in cold blood by people who believe that transgender people do not deserve to live."

So even though I am a couple of days late, this is my way of saying: Remember them. And speak out against the bigots who would condemn those who are different from themselves, and preach the hatred that brings others to commit crimes of hatred and intolerance.

If your faith preaches such intolerance and ignorance, then question ask yourself if that sounds right to you.

3 comments:

Jo said...

I didn't know there was such a day. I looked at the list and wonder how it is known the reason some of them were killed, others it clearly states why, but not in all cases. I cannot conceive of murdering someone for such a reason (well for any reason really).

gynie said...

it's not an easy question, but still wondering:

Difference seems to disturb some social ? tribal ? Way ? of life, I happen to think it might be some instinct or so like when in a pack of lions i've seen in a film they were killing some weak so they will not be eaten by the hyenas. Anything different would mean some weakness to our instinct ?

Don't know if that make any sense to ask about it ^^ I'm trying to understand . sensawunda

Because i keep on witnessing some kind of public discrimination at work, in a lesser way, but also about religion, about how such person is 'different' and it seems it is a way so people can comfort each other they are from the same 'tribe', and not this girl or boy who is 'one different'.

Glenda Larke said...

It's really a fear of what is "different", isn't it? And so often it says much much more about the one who hates, than the one who is hated.