RVA name to be read at this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, the first in 3 years
With the murder of Noony Norwood earlier this month, this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) will once again read the name of a Richmonder along side the almost 100 transgender people killed in the last year.
“Every year the rate of trans people dying is keeps going up and this year it’s more people in the US than there tends to be,” said Mickey Jordan, an organizer for Southerners on New Ground and TDoR. The official TDoR list tracks name internationally with names from the US varying from year to year. Brazil often leads in total trans murders, though under reporting across the world is considered a factor as well meaning there’s probbaly many more names that go unread.
“There still isn’t widespread recognition that it’s a problem its,” he said.
Jordan said the event offers a unique chance for the community to gather and remember trans people in a public way.
“It’s important that we don’t forget these people who have been killed due to transphobic violence,” he said.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects report on LGBTQ violence in 2014 showed 80% of murders were committed against people of color, 55 % were trans women, and 50% were trans women of color. This year there have been 24 reported trans women, most of which being trans women of color, that have been killed, the last of which being Richmond native Norwood.
On November 6th, Norwood, a black trans woman, was shot off Hull St in Richmond’s Southside and died in the hospital hours later. Her murder happening just prior to RVA’s observation of TDoR situates its need to happen here.
Her murder, and its timing, are strikingly similar to that of Amari Hill’s in 2013. In November of that year, Hill was found dead in a Southside ally.
Sage Smith, a Black trans woman from Charlottesville, went missing in late November 2012. Her name was read during the 2013 event as well, though her whereabouts or body were never found.
Tara Hill, another trans woman from Richmond, took her life earlier that summer. Her name was read as well making a total of three local names read in 2013, though Smith and Hill were not part of the official list.
Lamia Beard, a trans Norfolk resident, was shot dead and had her name read last year.
Norwood will be the first local name to be read during TDoR since 2013.
“If people are murdered or commit suicide here or not there is a constant fear that something could happen,” said Jordan about the since of insecurity trans people face daily. ”You to have to go outside and know that people will not call you the right name or pronoun or be outwardly, verbally or physically violent with you, that fear is always there.”
“It’s important to not pretend that Richmond is exempt from that, and acknowledge that fear exists,” he said.
This Sunday’s event, which happens 7-9 PM at Diversity Richmond, is part of a series of happenings around town aimed at uplifting the trans community around the somber event.
Check out the full schedule of events below:
Trans Film Double Feature: Two Spirits + Hero Mars
11/19/16 11am, Richmond Triangle Players
Trans Holiday Dinner
12/7/16 7pm, Diversity Richmond
RSVP by Nov. 30th
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