Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tribute for the Transgender day of Remembrance, 2008
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hesters murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people. . . .Read More
"On November 20th HRC observes the National Transgender Day of Remembrance as an opportunity for communities to come together and mark the passing of transgender people who have died because of hate." hrcmedia
The National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden has decided to remove a range of 'sexual behaviours' from the official disease registry.
30 years ago the board removed homosexuality from list, which is primarily used to gather statistics on healthcare but is also viewed as an official list of diseases.
Some felt that the inclusion of transvestism, sadomasochism, fetishism, fetishistic transvestism, sexual preference disorders and gender identity disorder in young people led to social stigma.
"We don't want to contribute to certain sexual behaviours being thought of as diseases," Lars-Erik Holm, head of the national board, told Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
"These individuals' sexual preferences have nothing to do with society."
Maria Sundin from Sweden's Trans Oresund network said:
"The demand for the exclusion of certain diagnostic criterias such as transvestitism, sado-masochism and fetishism from the Swedish verison of ICD-10 (KSH97) has been supported by the GLBT community for quite a while.". . .Read More
Tara Sawyer was punished as a small child for acting like a girl so she tried to live as the boy she appeared to be at birth.
But four years ago, the 32-year-old admitted to herself what she knew instinctively as a toddler. Despite her male physical characteristics, Sawyer said, she isn't a man.
Coming out cost her family and friends, the Santa Cruz resident said. But after years of being detached from any emotion, she said she's regained her ability to feel and she can't go back.
"It's about being who I am. I'm just a woman. There's nothing I can do about that," said Sawyer, who will speak today at the Watsonville City Plaza during a candlelight vigil commemorating transgender people who have lost their lives to violence. . . .Read More
Boulder event a memorial for victims of hate crimes
By Laura Snider
November 19, 2008
Last week, Duanna Johnson was shot execution-style in Memphis. In February, 15-year-old Lawrence King was murdered by a classmate in California. Last summer, Angie Zapata was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher just up the road in Weld County.
Thursday night, residents in Boulder County are invited to gather and remember these people, and a dozen others, who were victims of brutal hate crimes because of their gender identities. Today is the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“I’m concerned. We think it couldn’t happen here. It wouldn’t be one of us,” said Pat Mayne, a transgender man and longtime Boulder County resident. “For someone like me, I’ll never be sure if there’s a single person who hasn’t asked, ‘What would I do? If I found out one of my friends was a transgender person, what would happen inside of me?’”
When Allen Andrade, the man accused of murdering Zapata in Greeley, found out Zapata had male genitalia, the thing that happened inside of him was brutal. In his defense, Andrade said he was out of control, incoherent, panicked.
These are the things that scare Mayne, even in Boulder, one of the few cities that has an anti-discrimination ordinance that specifically protects transgender people. . . .Read More