The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Transgender Law Center, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the Trevor Project released the following statement regarding Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, 2010:
Today we stand together as one community to remember and honor the lives cut short by anti-transgender intimidation and violence including:
- Amanda González-Andujar of New York, NY
- Ashley Santiago of Puerto Rico
- Dana A. "Chanel" Larkin of Milwaukee, WI
- Angie González Oquendo of Puerto Rico
- Sandy Woulard of Chicago, IL
- Victoria Carmen of Newark, NJ
- Stacy Blahnik Lee of Philadelphia, PA
We also call on mainstream and LGBT media to give voice to transgender people and continue to share stories about the lives of transgender people who inspire understanding and acceptance.
On this day when our community remembers those stories and victims of anti-transgender violence, we are reminded about the power of insults and slurs like "tra**y." We should not use words that cause pain to others; especially words that transgender people too often hear before they are attacked in anti-transgender hate crimes.
Instead, we urge the LGBT community to speak out for transgender people – about their lives and who they are. Transgender people continue to remain largely invisible in our culture and as a result suffer job losses, discrimination and violence. Together, we must stand united as an LGBT community and allies marching towards an America where people are accepted for who they are.
For resources about transgender issues please visit:
The Trevor Lifeline is a free and confidential phone counseling service for young people who are experiencing a crisis. TrevorChat is a free, confidential and secure online messaging service that connects young people with a counselor without having to pick up the phone. If you or someone you care about shows warning signs for suicide, please do not hesitate to call The Trevor Lifeline at: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386), or chat online with a counselor at www.TheTrevorProject.org/chat.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org. For the latest updates on our work, visit www.twitter.com/glaad and www.facebook.com/glaad.
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