Observed every November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those lives lost to anti-transgender violence. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, who was murdered in November of 1998.
A transwoman from Boston, Massachusetts, Hester was viciously stabbed just one month after the gay-bashing death of Matthew Shepherd. While Shepherd’s case created a media firestorm, Ms. Hester’s death went practically unnoticed.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and mourns the lives of transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]