In Memory of Trans Lives Lost

More than 175 people attended the demonstration at The Carnegie Community Center in Vancouver, B.C., one of 13 gatherings around Canada in honour of Transgender Day of Rememberance. Survivors, activists, and allies gathered on Novemer 20th to mourn the hundreds of trans* people who are killed in the world each year. Gatherings also took place in the USA, Hong Kong, India, France, the UK, and The Philippines, among other countries.

Of the 221 transgender people murdered between November 2010 and November 2011, most were from Asia or Latin America. Speakers at the Vancouver event urged activists to consider the circumstances leading to the deaths and to fight not just transphobia, but also the issues that allow cissexist violence to happen, including poverty, harsh immigration policies, and conditions for sex workers.

Sources: Xtra!,