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Yesterday, to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, White House officials "welcomed more than two dozen transgender and allied activists and organizations to a meeting to discuss the state of transgender rights."
Lisa Mottet, director of our Transgender Civil Rights Project, represented the Task Force. Attendees spoke not only of the violence that continues to affect the community, but also of other critical issues such as employment, health, housing, identity documents and education.[Content Note: Violence.]
265 trans* people are being memorialized this year. 265 people killed as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice resulting from fear and ignorance.
Earlier today, I observed: No oppression has ever been eradicated by a careful, polite, diligent deference to pretending it doesn't exist. That is the importance of a day of remembrance.
No oppression has ever been eradicated without meaningful inclusion and visibility, either, which slowly chips away at the privilege that underwrites marginalization. That is the importance of vigilance in community every day of the year.