Tomorrow, November 20th, is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost at the hands of anti-transgender violence. Today we have to sadly add another name to the list of those to be memorialized. In Detroit on Friday, the body of a transgender woman was found in a trash bag and has not yet been identified. Equality Michigan released a statement concerning the murder and the ongoing anti-transgender violence.
"We are saddened and angry to hear of the murder of another transgender woman of color who has yet to be identified," said Yvonne Siferd, director of victim services for Equality Michigan. "The undignified way in which her body was dumped speaks to the larger issue of anti-transgender hostility in our society, and the vast amount of work we, as supporters of the LGBT communities, have in front of us. We know that transgender women of color are the most disproportionately affected by violence and hate against the LGBT communities, and this latest incident is a tragic reminder of that reality."
"Tragically, we know the more progress we achieve, the more violence we see perpetrated against our communities. Resistance to ending the unequal treatment of LGBT people too often manifests as transparent and gruesome acts of dehumanization," said Emily Dievendorf, Equality Michigan's managing director. "Equality Michigan will be there to help the transgender community with this latest attack, continue to work with police and local officials to bring an end to the severe and pervasive violence that transgender people face on a daily basis, and will not stop working to amend Michigan's Ethnic Intimidation Act to be LGBT inclusive and finally protective of all Michiganders."
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