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Old 10-26-2009
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As I understand, November 20th is the day most cities across the United States will have an observance.

In Indianapolis, our day of remembrance will be Saturday, November 14. The site will be the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, 46208. There will be a live performance of the play "TransActions," a moderated panel discussion of issues facing the trans community, a memorial vigil, and refreshments and fellowship until 9 pm. Everything begins at 6.

Here's a link to the site if you are interested:

http://indianaequality.typepad.com/i...membrance.html

If any of you are from around here and would like to go, "PM" or e-mail me and we can make arrangements. The Church is near the Butler University campus.
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I await the day when days like this won't be necessary and the women(and men) are treated like human beings without having to worry about violence brought towards them due to who they are.
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Thankyou for the information and the link, aw.
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I've already started mentioning the TDoR to my co-workers. I'll mention it a few more times over the next couple of weeks. They have now been made aware of TDoR and if they see it in print or hear it on the news they will already know a bit about the TDoR and will perhaps pay more attention to the news.
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I await the day when days like this won't be necessary and the women(and men) are treated like human beings without having to worry about violence brought towards them due to who they are.
I feel you, and not to discourage you or disrespect in anyway, but probably you understand that this day may never come.

It's much like racism, or any other bigotry! Alas you may even think I am a bigot, for contradicting you and feeling this way. Truth is, I feel the same way you expressed in those words, but most days of my life I have had to fight with racism over and over, and I'm sick and TIRED of it!!

I was born this way, and I cannot hide who I am, I didn't have a choice, and it is why I relate so well with any trans out there. Days like this are important to slap these bigots in the face with the truth, and open their minds ! Unfortunately they are like cockroaches, if you step on them, more will come...

Sometimes it seems like I hate people, but I don't hate a soul, what I hate is the disrespect people show others who have done nothing to deserve such treatment, apart from being themselves...
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No worries. I do not view you as a bigot.
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I don't know where else to post this so I'll put it here...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/fa...cross.html?hpw

My Aunt was an administrator in the Pima county school district. She is very open minded about things like this. I'm glad to read that there was at least one administrator in the article who was concerned about the safety of the kids! I'll have to ask her if she knows him. Also glad I teach in college where we don't have to worry about "dress codes." Most of my students seem to be pretty accepting of "alternative" lifestyles. I have noticed a change--for the better--just in the 10 or so years I've been teaching.

Hope to have a group together to go next Saturday. After promoting the Day of Remembrance at our university and placing a banner to Stopping the Hate on my blog, my students and colleagues are pretty clear where I stand.

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Just got back home from our “Day of Remembrance” in Indianapolis. Was a very nice evening here (clear and in the 60's). In Indiana you never know what you are going to get--it could be a blizzard, sunshine, or tornadoes--sometimes all three in one day!

The evening's activities started with the play "Transactions." Three actors shared their real-life experiences with transitioning (two M2F, one F2M) and the challenges of living day to day as a transgendered individual. What made it more interesting than simply a monologue was that the three acted out each of the scenarios. Each actor played a variety of rolls and interacted quite well with the others. Although presenting a serious message, the play was relatively light hearted, fast moving, and entertaining. I found it very educational as well.

After a 15 minute intermission, the actors and director participated in a panel discussion with the audience. Again, most of the questions were "easy" and along the lines of "does anyone at work know," "when will you perform this again," etc. Many people in the audience shared their own stories--usually with humor. Only when someone asked about how real the threat of violence was did the discussion take a decidedly more serious tone. All of the cast members then related stories involving threats or acts of violence against them or someone they knew. Each one acknowledged that the threat of violence is a very real part of everyday life for transgendered people. One of the cast members shared as how she is always afraid that someone might be following her after work and routinely checks her car to make sure "the tires are OK" and the "check engine light is off” so she will not have to stop in some unknown area on her way home. The way each of them talked about this you could tell that it was not just something they had "read about" happening to someone else--but had really experienced. All too often. It was pretty sobering. During my lifetime at least (since the early 70's), our society has come to better accept racial and sexual equality. We have made progress in many areas. The only group that still seems broadly discriminated against is the LGBT community. It is also a target of brutal violence. That really hit home for me tonight.

The final activity was a candlelight "vigil." This consisted of each person placing several flowers, each with the name of a victim, on a board at the front of the church. While we did that, a multimedia presentation ran showing pictures of many of the victims since 1970. I thought of Angie Zapata. After placing my flowers I sat back down and watched the rest of the presentation--again I was stunned by the sheer number of victims as well as the level of brutality in most cases. The fact that some of the victims were "admirers" or had been involved in a relationship with a transwoman was not lost on me either. Eventually Angie's face appeared on screen.

On a much happier note, I made several new friends. "Marg" (not her real name) must have felt sorry for the "big guy by himself" and came over to talk. I also got to meet the cast members. In the lobby there was information on "intraa" (Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance) and also catered food and drink--Agio's from downtown Indy did a great job!

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As I understand, November 20th is the day most cities across the United States will have an observance.

In Indianapolis, our day of remembrance will be Saturday, November 14. The site will be the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, 46208. There will be a live performance of the play "TransActions," a moderated panel discussion of issues facing the trans community, a memorial vigil, and refreshments and fellowship until 9 pm. Everything begins at 6.

Here's a link to the site if you are interested:

http://indianaequality.typepad.com/i...membrance.html

If any of you are from around here and would like to go, "PM" or e-mail me and we can make arrangements. The Church is near the Butler University campus.
Andrew
Although I am from Liverpool, I think there is still far too much amused contempt and intolerance shown towards genuine Transgenderism.
I support anything which will bring more real understanding into the public area.

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Yesterday, at the University of Georgia (United States), students set up a display in Tate Plaza for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Body outlines were taped to the ground to represent transgender individuals who have been killed in 2011 because of their gender identity. They also handed out information to other students.
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I wish that I could make it to the one in Nashville, but having been unemployed for several months now, I drive my car only when absolutely necessary......plus, it's more than a 300 mile round-trip for me (which doesn't help).
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Has anyone found any statistics on Transgender deaths, comparing perhaps rates of suicide by non-persecuted Transgenders against murders by bigoted hate-crime individuals ? ( I would include in the latter any suicides resulting from unremitting social persecution ).

How far do authorities turn the blind eye to Transgender Rights by blocking events such as the one which is the subjects of this thread ?

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Has anyone found any statistics on Transgender deaths, comparing perhaps rates of suicide by non-persecuted Transgenders against murders by bigoted hate-crime individuals ? ( I would include in the latter any suicides resulting from unremitting social persecution ).

How far do authorities turn the blind eye to Transgender Rights by blocking events such as the one which is the subjects of this thread ?

Any good websites on the above ?

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How could you distinguish a suicide resulting from "unremitting social persecution" from one that is undertaken by a "non-persecuted transgender"? If someone commits suicide because she or he feels disconnected from the world and feels no reason to live, and that person is transgender, do we assume that the general "persecution" that comes from living in a world that is unforgiving of differences (even in the absence of any hard evidence of outright bullying, violence, or whatever) is of no consequence? Do we put that person in the "non-persecuted" category?

As for the question of the authorities, the answer is that in most places, the "authorities" (by which I assume you mean law enforcement) is openly hostile to transgender people, or at best indifferent. There are pockets of places in the United States, for instance, where things may be a bit better (because a lot of transgender people have chosen to live there -- e.g., Northampton, Massachusetts), but the general rule is that the "authorities" reflect the worst impulses to be found in the general public.
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Our annual observance in Boston, from whence I just arrived home, was inspirational indeed. Thanks to the recent enactment of strong (although not 100% complete) new legislation protecting the civil rights of transgender people, ours was as much a celebration of the future as it was a remembrance of tragedies in the past.
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