20 Nov NYSCASA Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance
This year marks the 22nd year of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) as an annual international event. TDOR was set aside to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
TDOR serves several purposes:
- it raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people;
- it publicly mourns and honors the lives of our trans siblings who might otherwise be forgotten;
- we express love and respect for trans people in the face of national indifference and hatred;
- it reminds cisgender people that transgender people are their children, parents, friends, and lovers; and
- it gives cisgender allies a chance to stand with transgender people in vigil and in solidarity.
2021 is set to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people across the world, with 375 reported murders between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. The majority of victims were Black and migrant trans women of color and trans sex workers. Most cases continue to go unreported and, when reported, receive very little attention.
This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember, mourn, and honor all transgender people who were murdered because of their gender identity or expression.
“With so many seeking to erase transgender people—sometimes in the most brutal ways possible—it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice,” wrote Gwendolyn Ann Smith, founder of Transgender Day of Remembrance, in the Huffington Post.
Today—and every day—NYSCASA proudly supports our trans community, and we will continue to fight alongside you.
Resources for Transgender Survivors
- Trans Lifeline Peer Support Hotline: 1-877-565-8860 – Confidential and anonymous hotline run by and for trans and gender-questioning people; no non-consensual active rescue.
- Anti-Violence Project Hotline: 1-212-714-1141 – 24/7 English/Spanish, confidential hotline offering support to LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors.
- The Network/La Red Hotline: 1-617-742-4911 – 24/7 confidential hotline for LGBT survivors and survivors in SM/kink and polyamorous communities.
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project – Get Legal Help: https://srlp.org/legal-services
- Know Your Rights! Trans Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence (FORGE)
- Safety Planning Tool (FORGE)
- Self Help Guide for Trans Survivors of Violence (FORGE)
- Let’s Talk About It: A Transgender Survivor’s Guide to Accessing Therapy (FORGE)
- Wellness and Safety Planning Toolkit (Audre Lorde Project Safe Outside the System)
- Brochure: Transgender-Specific Partner Abuse (The Network/La Red)
Resources for Cisgender Allies and Advocates
- Trans* Ally Workbook: Getting Pronouns Right & What It Teaches Us About Gender
- Trans Allyship Workbook: Building Skills to Support Trans People in Our Lives
- Tip Sheet: 101 Trans Identity Words (FORGE)
- Fact Sheet: Fast Facts About Violence Against Transgender People (FORGE)
- Tip Sheet: FAQ: Safety Planning with Transgender Clients (FORGE)
- Tip Sheet: Practical Tips for Working with Transgender Survivors of Sexual Violence (FORGE)
- Tip Sheet: Is Your Agency Ready to Serve Transgender and Non-Binary Clients? (FORGE)
- Report: First Do No Harm: 8 Tips for Addressing Violence Against Transgender and Non-Binary People (FORGE)
- Access more resources for supporting trans survivors on NYSCASA’s website.