Out Boulder County’s Transgender Day of Remembrance
LONGMONT, CO. – In the last year, twenty four transgender people have been murdered in the United States and countless more have been the targets of violence and intimidation.
Last week, Noony Norwood, who was shot Saturday in Richmond, VA and died in a hospital the next day, just five days after her 30th birthday.
This is the 24th reported murder of a trans person in 2016; the majority have been transgender women of color. The number of trans people murdered this year has already surpassed 2015’s total of 21. The actual total for any year is likely higher, given that some deaths are not reported and some victims are misgendered by police or media.
On Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:00pm transgender community members and their allies will meet at the UCC Longmont Church at 1500 9th Avenue, Longmont, CO in commemoration of lives lost. Speakers in front of the Church will include: District Attorney Stan Garnett, County Commissioner Elise Jones, Mayor Dennis Coombs and others. After these remarks are made, the group will silently enter the Church to read the names of trans people who were murdered in 2016 across the world.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a reminder that no matter how far the LGBTQ movement has (or is perceived to have) come, the people of the transgender community, and especially transgender women of color, are still literally fighting for our lives. This is a day that honors our our fallen community members and provides a chance for all of us -- transgender or otherwise -- to commit to ending the hatred, harassment, and violence directed towards transgender and gender non-conforming people both here in Boulder County and worldwide.
Longmont community member, Nicole Garcia told us: "As a transgender woman of color, my heart bleeds as I read the names of the Latinas who lost their lives by being true to themselves. Violence can only be halted by taking action against ignorance. We celebrate the lives of transgender individuals as valuable human beings. Our voices cry out to the world to say that their lives do matter and their deaths will not be in vain."
You can find the full schedule of the week's events at www.outboulder.org/tdor2016