Another year passes and yet more people are brutally murdered for simply trying to be true to themselves. Around the world, the Trans Respect Monitoring site reports that 238 known murders have been reported since TDoR 2012. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg as many countries do not report trans murders or they are shrouded in secrecy. Neither does it include those people who were driven to suicide by bigotry and hatred and who could not carry their burden any more. Many of those people died without ever realising their true selves.
When will people realise that we are not a threat to their own lives and allow us to live in safety and in peace.
I would like people to remember Lucy Meadows, the young teacher from Accrington in Lancashire who committed suicide as a result of horrendous media coverage of her transition at the start of 2013. Please remember also Chrisie Edkins, a young inspirational trans woman who sadly took her own life in the summer.
Thank you to Artdamage for the moving video below and to Sarah McLachlan for the song ‘Angels’ featured in the video
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