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Before I could even bring myself to talk about Leeneshia Edwards and how she is in critical condition after being shot in the face, how heartbroken and helpless this makes me feel... There is news of another transwoman found dead, and yet again she has been misrepresented by the police and the media. Taysia Elzy was found dead in her house with her boyfriend and one of her dogs. The police used a mugshot where she was in guy mode, and her male name. The news reports all say "he".

So many of these stories never even see the light of day, and I thank Monica over at TransGriot for her heartbreaking work making sure everyone knows of them.

Leeneshia Edwards, presente.
Taysia Elzy, presente.

We will remember you, may you find peace in your next life.

(crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] transgender ) ETA: Apparently an arrest has been made today in this case. There is some progress with the police force as well. Unfortunatly the media does not seem to be changing the presentation of their stories. Like always, I don't think it would hurt if people called and left polite messages.
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Transgender Day of Remembrance.

I am a woman, a wife, a transsexual, a geek, a lover, a fighter, a passionate person prone to flashes of anger and bouts of silliness. I love photography, drawing, reading, learning, and above all I love making peoples lives better, even if it's just a smile from a random stranger walking down the street with a camera in her hand. I am human. I am no threat to you, to your children, or to your world. I don't ask for the conflict that my very existance sparks with our culture... I've more than enough to handle without that. All I ask is to be given the basic respect that any human deserves.

Unfortunately we don't live in a world that regularly recognizes our right to a decent life. To many times people don't even recognize our right to live.

Today we remember our murdered sisters and brothers. If there is a DoR gathering near you, please, go. Regardless of if you are Trans* or Cis*, Gay, straight, bi, or none of the above, we need your help, and they deserve your remembrance.

DoR links:
Dolari.net - Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project
Taking up Too Much Space - How does racism affect transwomen, and why are so many WoC murdered?
Questioning Transphobia - Why the DoR
Transgriot - 412 names in 10 years
Little Light - The quick and the dead Little light on HRC and Remembrance.

And even if you don't visit any any of those things, please, there is something you must understand.


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