Transgender Day of Remembrance
Light a candle for TDOR... join and support the international transgender community today in commemorating those who’ve lost their lives to ignorance and hate
Johannesburg, 20 November 2013
"This day brings to our attention that transphobia is evident in both public and private spaces, and that systemic transphobia and gender-motivated killings are on the increase. We call on all human rights groups, the government, and our communities to protect all persons against violent attacks based on their gender identities. We will continue to gather evidence that aims to report on these violations, and we will seek justice for the victims and survivors of transphobic attacks.” Jabu C. Pereira, Director of Iranti.
Compiled by Ayanda Msiza, documenting and media officer at Iranti.
The 15th remembrance and mourning
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an internationally recognised commemoration for the trans community which takes place on 20 November of each year. Today marks it’s 15th year, and today we remember and mourn the people we have lost through hate, intolerance and violence. TDOR is not a single event in a single location, but an event commemorated the world over – it is an event created to recognise and draw attention to the growing problem of violence and abuse towards trans people.
Transgender Europe initiated a Trans Murder monitoring project in January 2008. In the last 12 months, 238 killings of trans people we reported. Since 2008 the murders of 1,374 trans people have been documented, a number not entirely representative since many cases go unreported or unrecognised as transphobic motivated attacks.
Transphobia must stop, and trans people must be allowed to live their lives as human beings. Many people will have contact with trans people throughout the course of their lives without realising it. Sadly, people cling to outdated stereotypes of what it is, or means, to be trans.
Iranti for the very first time is taking the initiative to work together with TDOR working groups to mourn and raise awareness of hate crimes against trans people. We are questioning our government to say: How many more people should die before they do something about these brutal killings of our brothers and sisters? For how long must we live in fear?
We urge everyone to light a candle on this day, set aside one minute of your precious time and remember those who have been laid to rest.
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Opinion: Neo Musangi
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013, Nairobi
Kenya, 26 November 2013
Neo Musangi writes on the Transgender Day of Remembrance activities in Nairobi. "The speech from Njugush starts with an exercise on acceptance and acts of love. Njugush, is a transman in his forties, a board member at TEA and a member of the Intersex, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming group, Jinsiangu. Njugush asks all trans persons at this meeting to stand up, followed by the accompanying family members. He then asks the family members to walk up to their trans child, brother, sister, niece, nephew or cousin, hug them and acknowledge them for opening up regarding their transgender identities."
A MESSAGE FROM TSIU
Trans-Support Initiative, Uganda press release
Trans-Support Initiative, Uganda (TSIU) is a non-profit organization that works to promote an accepting, nurturing, supportive, and protective environment for Gender Minorities in Uganda and has teamed up with her sister organizations TEU, COPTEC, FARUG, FEM Alliance and ASWA to celebrate the day.
We condemn all forms of violence against the gender non-conforming people, including, but not limited to media-shaming and outings, sustained mob justice, exclusion to access to basic needs of life, and physical, sexual and gender-based violence. We also condemn the moralization and sexualisation of the transgender gender.
Download the full press statement.
Trans-Support Initiative, Uganda (TSIU)
Nikilas Mawanda firstname.lastname@example.org
A MESSAGE FROM GALZ
Tribute to Naomi
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
pays tribute to transgender people whose gender identity is different from the sex assigned at birth. It also includes people who express gender in ways that contravene what society expects from a man or woman. This umbrella term includes cross dressers, drag kings/queens, transsexuals, people who are androgynous as well as people who do not identify with any labels.
Click here to see our tribute to Naomi, Zimbabwe’s very own trans woman who championed the struggle for LGBTI rights in so many ways.
A message from TIA
Transgender and Intersex Africa's press release
Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) would like to use the day to highlight the challenges faced by transgender and gender non-conforming people in South Africa. It is apparent that attacks on gender non-conforming people are still taking place in our communities, especially in townships and in rural areas.
May the souls of those who passed away rest in peace and may we all continue to fight for the Transgender and Intersex Africa human rights and access to justice for all victims of transphobia” says Tebogo Nkoana, Executive Director of Transgender and Intersex Africa.
Download the full press statement.
Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA)
Reg. No.: 098-528-NPO
Tel: (012) 7972612
Toll free : 0800282842
Address: 2249 Block F, Soshanguve 0152
A message from S.H.E.
S.H.E. press release
S.H.E. speaks from a feminist platform in articulating this strategic message to the South African, and other regional state actors, communities and other stakeholders in observing the 15th International Trans Day of Remembrance on 20 November 2013.
Transgender people are listed as a key population for the HIV intervention in the current National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (2012-2016), yet there is no program(s) addressing the HIV burden in this population. We are appealing to the South African government, as well as other leaders on the African continent to initiate meaningful dialogues on sexual and reproductive rights for minority groups. There needs to be strategic efforts at understanding the ways that HIV affect particular groups and programming must be informed by such efforts. We fully share the ICASA conference’ sentiment on getting down to zero, now more than ever!
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Leigh Ann van der Merwe
Tel: +27(0)43 7220750
Mobile +27(0)73 8110789
S.H.E Programs Officer
Tel: +27(0)43 7220750
A Transman speaks to us on the state of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Zambia
by Kokeletso “Kaykay” Legoete,
an Iranti intern
Zambia, 20 November 2013
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an international day celebrated in honour and remembrance of Transgender people lost through hate crimes and hate murders targeting people who identify as a gender different to what they were born with.
In honour of this day, Iranti interviews a transman from Zambia. The interviewee preferred to remain anonymous because of his country's discriminatory practices and laws based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).
The interviewee was born a female and later in life took the decision to transition from his birth assigned gender to his preferred, and what he considers to be his true, gender status. ‘Anonymous’ took time out to speak with us to and share what TDOR means for him as a Zambian transman.
Question (KL): “What is your name, and where are you from?”
Answer (Anon): “I prefer to remain anonymous to protect myself, and I am from Zambia.”
KL:“What do you identify as? Tell us a little bit more about your identity.”
Anon: “I am a transsexual man and identify fully as male. I do not identify as a transman because that is not, in my opinion, a specific individual identity, but a cluster of several gender identities.”
KL: “What is the state of SOGI in your country?”
Anon: “Currently, Sexual orientation of same sex relations is criminalised under the sodomy law in the penal code. Gender identity is not recognised as a mental health issue and is not criminalised. Though, due to lack of knowledge on SOGI issues, Zambia is not a safe environment for people who express their gender in a non-conforming way, and it’s often due to misinformation or ignorance. In 2013 alone, the country has seen a rise in homophobic and transphobic attitudes from certain government officials, influential religious leaders and the general population. But it is commendable that the National Aids Council is joining the struggle to change attitudes and include LGBTI in its national programming.”
KL: “What does TDOR mean for you?”
Anon: “TDOR is a campaign to raise awareness around hate crimes against trans persons. This day for me, represents a time to reflect on how much more work has to be done in terms of advocating for freedom from violence for the trans community. It also helps me, as an activist and member of the community, to re-strategise and focus on safety and security for my community.On this day, world over our voice is one, and our hearts bleed when we see the numbers of how many brothers and sisters have been murdered for living their lives as they were meant to live. TDOR reminds me of how much intolerance and hatred I face on a daily basis, and the fears that keep me awake at night – every second I am alive is a second delayed from a possible impending death. I also celebrate TDOR because the more we begin to document these violations, lives that are lost will not go unnoticed - we will remember each and every trans person whose life has been cut short. I now have 1,374* reasons to keep fighting for the recognition and protection of all trans persons worldwide.”
KL: “Have you ever been exposed to hate crimes with regards to your identity?”
Anon: “The sort of hate crimes prevailing in Zambia are not murders, but psychological, social and emotional – yes, every single day.”
KL: “What makes you feel content about the life that you live?”
Anon: “I am not content until my rights and the rights of my community are upheld.”
*Note: by early Nov 2013 Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder monitoring project recorded 1,374 documented trans murders since they started documenting them worldwide in 2008. In the last year there were 238 documented killings, and we can only estimate that that number will increase as a worldwide backlash against the LGBTI community continues to escalate. These numbers are still inaccurate, as many cases remain unreported or unrecognised as trans killings. Visit transrespect-transphobia.org for more information.
Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide,
a research project
Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) is a comparative, ongoing qualitative-quantitative research project conducted by Transgender Europe. The project provides an overview of the human rights situation of trans persons in different parts of the world and develops useful data and advocacy tools for international institutions, human rights organizations, the trans movement and the general public.
Transgender Europe (TGEU) is a European network of trans and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/gender variant people, and like-minded individuals. The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the international trans movement and to be a powerful lobby and advocacy organisation for trans rights. TGEU was founded by the 120 participants of the First European Transgender Council in Vienna in 2005. The current chair and steering committee were elected during the Second European Transgender Council in 2008 in Berlin, in which more than 200 representatives from 38 countries participated. The Chair and steering committee are filled by nine activists based in six European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom).
TGEU consists of more than 80 individual and group members coming from 21 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) and 4 non-European countries (Armenia, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, and the USA), and is legally registered as an NGO in Vienna, Austria.