Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012

We wanted to share this powerful video with you on Transgender Day of Remembrance.  It’s not captioned, unfortunately.  We are, however, providing a transcript of Masen Davis speaking below. The rest of it is music.

Masen Davis:

Unfortunately every year it feels like every month we are hearing about somebody we lost: people we lost in California, people we lost in the United States, people we lost we’ve lost internationally.. and it’s not an accident that the day of remembrance has become an international event. Transgender Day of Remembrance has been one of the most important days for us to remember who we are as transgender people, and remember those that we’ve lost due to hate violence and other issues that impact trans folk in our community. Gwen Smith started Day of Remembrance because the hate crimes and violence against transgender women, especially transgender women of color, had become so chronic and when Rita ___ was murdered, felt like we needed some way to come together and mourn collectively and to remember those that we’ve lost. It’s become one of the seminal events where we do come together and hopefully remember those who are no longer here but, .. you know I think, it’s also become a day where I think we think about what the world should look like, and hope for a day when we no longer have to lose so many people each year.

Transcribed by Connor Gillis for Planet DeafQueer