Today is Trans* Day of Remembrance, a time to reflect on the violence perpetrated against transgender people. It’s also a good time to acknowledge that the majority of people affected by anti-transgender violence and murder are trans women of colour, trans women of colour sex workers, lower class trans women, non-binary trans* POC, and non-binary/trans* people from non-western countries. While violence can be experienced by any trans* persyn; racism, misogyny and classism, amongst other forms of discrimination, are massive factors in the ongoing abuse of trans* people. It’s important to recognize that it’s not just transphobia that kills trans* people, it’s the intersections of all these oppressions. As a privileged white trans* persyn living in Australia, I’m trying to think about how I can respectfully mourn the deaths of hundreds of trans* people each year, without co-opting this day to be about me and my experiences of transgender based violence.
- Casper Silver Swiftheart