Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance.
This day isn’t about our pain
This day isn’t about our struggle
This is for the dead.
It’s very easy for Transgender Day of Remembrance to become about the challenges trans people face in everyday life: fears of violence, abuse, harassment.
But we are the living, and we have a voice – however quiet – every day of the year.
This is for the dead. They have no voice.
If we don’t acknowledge their passing, it may be that no-one will. If we don’t offer respect, it may be that no-one will.
And so today is for the dead. We acknowledge their passing and offer them respect. Their lives will have had a depth and meaning that their killers could not possibly comprehend. We mourn these lives, and do not forget.