Tuesday, November 06, 2007

2007 Transgender Day of Remembrance

Later this month the 9th annual commemoration of the Transgender Day of Remembrance will take place.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) memorializes those people who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held every November to honor transsistah Rita Hester, whose November 28th, 1998 murder kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

From those beginnings, the TDOR has become an event observed by transgender people all over the world.

Since 2002 the TDOR ceremonies in Louisville have been coordinated through the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I have been honored to have been chosen to gove the keynote speech for the inaugural Louisville observance in 2002 and was given an oppotunity to repeat that role in 2003.

This post will be regularly updated up until the November 20 date of the ceremony, but as of this posting these are the people we are memorializing for 2007.

Nakia Ladelle Baker
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma to the head
Date of Death: January 7, 2007

Keittirat Longnawa
Location: Rassada, Thailand
Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths who then slit her throat
Date of Death: January 31, 2007

Moira Donaire
Location: ViƱa del Mar, Chile
Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor
Date of Death: March 5, 2007

Michelle Carrasco “Chela”
Location: Santiago, Chile
Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely disfigured.
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Ruby Rodriguez
Location: San Francisco, California
Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the street.
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Erica Keel
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her
Date of Death: March 23, 2007

Bret T. Turner
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Date of Death: April 2, 2007

Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back
Date of Death: July 7, 2007

Victoria Arellano
Location: San Pedro, California
Cause of Death: Denied necessary medications to treat HIV-related side effects.
Date of Death: July 20, 2007

Oscar Mosqueda
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Date of Death: July 29, 2007

Maribelle Reyes
Location: Houston, Texas
Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment centers due to her transgender status.
Date of Death: August 30, 2007


Unknown said...

Please add to your list

Hasan Sabeh
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad
Date of death: January 11, 2007

Reference: http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews35_15/page7.cfm

Lee Person "Diamond"
Location: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Beaten with a hammer then suffocated by domestic partner
Date of Death: January, 2007


Monica Roberts said...

You may also want to send this information to Gwen Smith and Ethan St. Pierre who are coordinating the TDOR

Michael said...

Please also add Ian Benson, 16, Michigan, United States, who committed suicide on 29 October 2007.

See http://imatyfa.org/about/ianbensonproject/ian-benson-project-amethyst-ribbon-campaign/ for the Ian Benson project, which is intended to help educate about Trans and LGBT youth issues.

Michael said...

this is the link that was intended to be in my previous comment. Sorry about the confusion.