Today is Transgender Day of Rememberance. November 20, 2009 is the eleventh international day of remembering transgender individuals world-wide who have been murdered because of their way of being in the world. It was founded to commemorate San Franciscan, Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 launched a web project “Remembering Our Dead.” This oberservance grows from town to town each year.
Since Novemember 2008 there have been over 101 murders of transgender people world-wide. This is more than double the numbers from the year before. There is such hatred and violence and such great misunderstanding of individuals who are transgender. There is already great discrimination against transgender people. It is harder to get work and housing and families reject their children who are transgender in even greater number than those who are gay and lesbian.
Sometimes it is confusing to understand for many people how one might have the physical attributes of one gender but feel as if in their being, their essence they are another. But according to the American Psychological Association the term transgender “is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity (their sense of themselves as male or female) or gender expression is differs from that usually associated with their birth sex. (