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Rainbow Railroad Marks Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.

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Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, Rainbow Railroad remembers all those who have been murdered due to transphobia. We remember their brilliance and draw attention to the continued violence endured by trans people everywhere.

Globally, transphobia remains deadly. Fourteen countries have laws that criminalize the gender identity and expression of trans people. These laws are harmful in themselves and they enable transphobia in families, communities and institutions.

Transphobia knows no borders. Even in countries without discriminatory laws, trans people face stigma and a lack of opportunities, which leaves many at a higher risk of experiencing intimate partner abuse, mental health issues and poverty & homelessness. Trans people of colour contend with both transphobia and racism. 

Today is a solemn day of remembrance, but also one to commit to action. With your support, Rainbow Railroad continues to assist trans and gender non-conforming people around the world attain safety by whatever means necessary. We’ve also compiled this list of resources which might help give you further pathways to action.

Dismantling a Culture of Violence: Understanding Anti-Transgender Violence and Ending the Crisis – A report by Human Rights Campaign.

This year’s Trans Day of Remembrance is more grim than ever beforeXtra Magazine

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance – An explainer and resources from LGBT Media Advocacy Organization GLAAD

HRC’s Brief Guide to Getting Transgender Coverage Right – a resource for journalists and writers.

The No Big Deal Campaign – an online campaign and resources for gender-affirming pronouns.

Trans Awareness Week & Trans Day of Remembrance, 2021 – Resources from Egale Canada.