Every year on 20 November we think of all transgender people who have been murdered worldwide.
A lot of trans and non-binary people face violence on a daily basis. Physically, verbally, emotionally, and often all of these. Too many times this violence leads to the death of the transgender or non-binary person. This year 327 trans and non-binary people have been murdered.
It is sad to say, but many times the murderer(s) walk free, as the police often is part of the problem. Or politicians decide that these murders ‘don’t have priority’. Or people who could give clues, are too afraid to speak up, because speaking up might be a life threatening act.
This may seem a ‘far from my house’ scenario for most (cisgender) people. However, trans and non-binary people worldwide know this is daily life for most of us. Also in European countries.
That’s why it is important to remember our 327 beloved siblings who were killed since last years’ Transgender Day of Remembrance. Who didn’t survive the prejudice, the hate and the violence against us.
That’s why we call the names of our murdered trans and non-binary siblings on 20 November. So we’ll never forget.