Secretary Of State John Kerry Reaffirms Support For Trans Rights On Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Don’t expect to see anything like this next year. Via press release from Secretary of State John Kerry:

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States solemnly honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who lost their lives to senseless acts of violence.

Transgender persons around the world are targeted by rising levels of violence fueled by hatred and bigotry. This is a global challenge and we all must do more to protect transgender persons on the basis of equality and dignity.

In the United States, our Constitution enshrines freedoms of peaceful assembly, speech and association, and it affirms that everyone has equal protection under the law. Around the world human rights and fundamental freedoms are recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that every person is born free and equal in dignity and rights. Every person includes transgender women, transgender men, and other individuals who face marginalization on account of their gender expression or gender identity.

Today we stand in solidarity with the incredible resilience and leadership of the transgender community in responding to stigma and marginalization. Transgender persons deepen our diversity, broaden our communities, and strengthen the values we cherish. When all persons reach their full human potential, free from fear, intimidation, and violence, nations become more just, secure and prosperous.

The United States remains committed to advance the human rights of all persons, including transgender persons. On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we reaffirm equality for all as part of our core constitutional principles and as a human rights priority of U.S. diplomacy.

  • AtticusP

    To all of my trans sisters and brothers: I know that these are scary times for all of us. But in light of all that’s been happening lately, I think that you are more endangered than most.

    As a proud gay man who came out relatively late in life, let me tell you that you are not alone; that there are millions of us who will stand with you against any nonsense from the incoming administration.

    As far as I’m concerned, that closet door only opens one way. I am not going back, not even if I have to resort to Second Amendment remedies.

    • Bad Tom

      You are not alone.
      I ain’t goin’ back in there!

    • Paula

      Ramen, Brother!

    • T-Batwoman

      Thank you for your support. I think you may be right, we trans are definitely the low hanging fruit. I’m not going back either, nothing will make me go back to the darkness. We will stand strong together no matter what crap they try to pull.

      • Paula

        πŸ™‚

    • I strongly support peaceful resistance – but if it comes down to “when they come for me” I will not go quietly. Unfortunately, that likely means that they will just shoot me where I stand and claim I was lunging at them with knife.

      • JCF

        {{{Joann}}}

  • Paula

    This may be the last Transgender Day of Remembrance for a long time.
    Be careful out there.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      They’ll still be a Transgender Day of Remembrance if we citizens still keep celebrating it despite the GOP and Trump.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Exacto. We don’t have to wait for Secretary of State Ghouliani or Whoeverthefuck for us to recognize the day.

    • Kay

      No, it won’t be.

  • we’re still here

    One of the most repulsive aspects of the alt-right has been their desire for us to abandon our trans brothers and sisters : That will never happen.

    • Do Something Nice

      There are plenty of gay men who also want to abandon our trans brothers and sisters. We need to educate them as well.

      • Todd20036

        There was one loser who was banned, who claimed transgendered were really just ex-gays

        • Diogenes Onionpants

          I honestly can not imagine what it is that a person who claims to believe that actually believes. It’s like saying that chickens are really just ex-poodles. There’s a bizarre category confusion that can’t be parsed out using weak tools such as logic or sense.

          • It involves a form of projection. The way Stonewall veteran Jim Fouratt put it, he saw trans women as “gay men in denial.” (not ex-gay). It does involve some confusion/conflation but I can see where they are coming from, even if it’s on the wrong track. And it isn’t all that far from the Bailey/Blanchard/Lawrence classification of early transitioners as “homosexual transsexuals.” Again, while I can see where they are coming from, I think they are also running on the wrong track.

          • Kay

            There are some people who are genuinely confused about the two, particularly when internalized homophobia gets involved.

            I talked someone out of transition at one point. He was convinced he was trans, but when we really sat down and talked about it, he was a guy, attracted to guys. He couldn’t see himself in a gay role, so he figured that must mean he was female. If someone doesn’t really understand the difference between the two, it’s easy to come to weird conclusions.

            In the end, the guy needed a therapist more than anything.

        • marshlc

          Was at a family dinner today. One of my sisters started in the “Where’d all these “trans” people come from, there never used to be trans people…..” and it was such a joy to watch my two adult kids quietly, lovingly, and thoroughly school her but good. “they’ve always been here, Auntie, just hiding, pretending, and committing suicide, because it wasn’t safe for them to be who they are openly”.

          Proud of them.

          • zhera

            Excellent kids!

            Another thing is, ‘all these “trans”‘? Because there are so many of them? I don’t know the exact numbers but I’m guessing 1% of the population, or thereabouts. Are they all living in your sister’s neighborhood?

            I hope she turned around, opened her eyes, etc. and now realize that trans people are people, too.

          • marshlc

            I hope so too.

            My family are pretty good about people they know – open and warm to people of all races, religions, genders, sexualities if it’s an actual person standing in front of them. It’s when someone different is just an abstract idea, that they get suspicious and closed off.

          • Kay

            It’s a bit more than that, judging from the numbers that are available, and the precise definition used. There is better data from countries with socialized healthcare – getting good statistics about medical conditions in the US is hard.

      • lymis

        Our enemies see gay people as people who don’t fit the gender roles we’re supposed to by loving the right people. And if the fiasco in North Carolina taught us anything, it taught us that they won’t hesitate to use attacks on trans people to strip away LGB rights (and vice versa.)

        Personally, I think we all need to work for the rights of everyone, whether there’s anything in it for us or not.

        But even the people who are only in it for themselves are being naive if they don’t see how trans rights (and the battle against them) directly impact the rights of gay and lesbian people.

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      • Ryan Conrad

        Transgender people who are not LGB are not our “brothers and sisters” any more than any other heterosexual person. LGBT was created to manipulate and bully LGB people into providing labor and capital to transgenders, just as you are attempting to do so now.

        • zhera

          Does it feel nice to have someone to hate? Someone lower than you on the pyramid of bullies? Remember that you are only considered ‘acceptable’ for as long as the majority wants. Then you’re off to the ovens with the rest of us.

          • Paula

            He was carefully taught.

          • Lucy Montrose

            Why would he need to manufacture someone to hate? There already are plenty more deserving of the sentiment… like those who willingly and with eyes wide open voted for an authoritarian.

          • Ryan Conrad

            It’s not hate to say that LGB and T are 2 different groups and that the forced conjoining of the 2 is a sham and an act of political manipulation. The US and Canada are 2 different nations and it isn’t anti-Canadian or anti-American to say that. What is hateful is the notion that LGB people are not entitled to advocate for their interests without forever deferring to the interests of a select group of heterosexual people,

            And it is hateful to assert that there is a special class of heterosexual persons who must be deemed “brothers and sisters” of LGBs above and ahead of other heterosexuals? I just saw horrific pictures from Aleppo, where 100 people are dying under Russian and Syrian bombs each day. I saw a picture of a woman with both of her legs blown off below the knees. But that presumably cis, heterosexual woman is somehow less my “sister” than Caitlyn Jenner? I am under some moral edict to care more about transsexual pooping issues or taxpayer funded electrolysis for incarcerated transgender murderers than I am for that woman? No. If rejecting that is “hate” then let’s have more hate.

          • ColdCountry

            In a (very) small way, I see your point. However. I don’t know who first lumped the T’s in with the LGBs, but it was probably someone who doesn’t understand any but a binary system of gender and sexuality. But the point is not who is, or is not, more of a brother or sister. The point is that vulnerable minorities must band together for strength and protection. Those who are persecuted for who they are, be they LGBTs, women, refugees, the disabled, or nerds in a school full of jocks, working together is our strength. Together, we outnumber them. Together, we can make the world a better place. Arguing over who fits with whom is counterproductive.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            ‘Arguing over who fits with whom is counterproductive.’

            Totally agree with you, ColdCountry, up until this–just my opinion–I think the conversation could have been conducted in a more respectful way by Ryan Conrad, but the points raised by that person are important to talk about. And where else but in a place like J.M.G. can we talk about these things? Again, jmo

          • zhera

            One of the best markers for recognizing a bigot is how they are willing to put two vulnerable groups up against each other and say ‘I can’t support A because I support B’.

            We are ALL brothers and sisters. The whole point of support groups is to even out the playing field. Advocating for equal rights and protection under the law is good no matter what group does it or what they call themselves.

            It’s not a sum zero game, Ryan. You actually CAN support trans people and syrian bomb victims at the same time.

            I see the only examples of trans gender people you come up with are a murderer and Caitlyn Jenner. I don’t know if that reflects your bigotry, or if it’s the bigotry that reflects your ignorance. In any case, there’s this thing called the internets out there, and it has more than cat videos. Educate yourself, please, before you stomp on a minority in order to get one step higher on your pyramid.

          • The past week I have been wearing hijab as a showing of solidarity for Muslims who are being targeted in America. It is a Niemoller thing. And if the Trump people set up a Muslim registry, I will register as a Muslim.

          • Kay

            “And if the Trump people set up a Muslim registry, I will register as a Muslim.”

            No, you won’t.

            The registry existed before, and it had nothing to do with your religion. The registry requires people from certain high-risk countries to register when they immigrate, so that the government can better keep track of them in the country.

            While those countries themselves may be majority Muslim, the registry applies regardless of your religion or lack thereof. Everyone from those countries is required to register, and only people from those countries are permitted to register.

            If you are not an immigrant from one of those countries, you will not be on the list. Period.

          • As long as there is no religion test, and it does not apply to lawful permanent residents and citizens, that would not be a big issue. I have heard conflicting reports on what the Trump administration might be planning. So if they set up a “Muslim Registry” as opposed to a “registry of non-permanent resident aliens from countries with terrorism risks,” that would still be a problem – it depends on what they actually do.

          • Kay

            http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/16/13649764/trump-muslim-register-database

            In the past, “registry of non-permanent resident aliens from countries with terrorism risks,” was how it was implemented. Given the legal precedent, it’s likely how it would work again.

          • NancyP

            Which proves the stupidity of it all. There are plenty of violent radicals who are citizens of the UK or EU – or USA.

          • Kay

            There are, but it’s illegal (and impractical) to discriminate on the basis of religion.

            Geographic-based risk profiles are what Canada does – if people from certain countries have increased incidents of document fraud, they get more scrutiny on their documents. If countries have issues with Visa overstays, they limit their visas. Canada recognizes that people from certain areas have higher risks for certain things.

            If we get proportionally more violent radicals from certain countries, it makes sense to pay attention.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            A similar thing was said about the B in LGBT. I remember it all too well.

          • Grumpy Old Man

            I remember when no one liked the ‘B’s – they weren’t straight, they weren’t gay. sigh.

          • Grumpy Old Man

            So do you reject the ‘Q’ too? I notice you only mention LGB – you leaving us queers out? Screw you. You got opinions and that is great – it just sucks that you have bad opinions that try to separate some from group protections that you want just for yourself – you are outing yourself.

          • NancyP

            Sez Old Fart: It might be an age thing too. I can’t get comfortable using the Q word if someone doesn’t request to be recognized as such. People my age don’t know who is going to take offense.

          • Grumpy Old Man

            It was hard for me to write; and to admit who I am. I am an asexual being and queer is the only way I get in on the LGBTQ flag. Part of the struggle is understanding where schizoid fits in – am I really asexual or just wall off?? I am 68 and still learning.

          • NancyP

            The great majority of fervent opponents of T people are also opponents of LGB people. Believe me, they won’t make a distinction. Even butch (or single self-supporting over 30 year old) straight women and femme (or single over age of 35 to 40 years old) straight men are in for it – the religious opponents see any deviation from patriarchy as punishable.

            So yes, all of the above are going to be on the next cattle car, if the religionists get their wish.

        • JCF
        • Kay

          The problem with trying to separate the T is that trans people are pretty much always seen as gay. Someone who transitions (for example) from Male to Female, then marries a guy, may be seen as gay by the law (if it doesn’t recognize gender changes), or by society in general (if the person is visibly trans).

          Alternatively, if that person marries a female, the problems get reversed – if the court recognizes the gender change, they are legally in a same-sex marriage, and if they are not visibly trans, they are now seen as being in a gay relationship by society.

          So, in a sense, gay rights are trans rights, though the reverse is not necessarily true.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I don’t know if it’s just men, Do Something Nice, but you’re right! Education is paramount.

        • JCF

          Yes, there are the TERFs, too. Feck ’em! [I mean educate ’em. Yeah, that’s it.]

          • NancyP

            TERFs seem to be attention whores entirely out of proportion with their numbers. There can’t be that many of them left, seeing as most of that generation became un-separatist in the mid-80s and later. I am not talking about inclination or not to get involved sexually with transwomen, but about social aspects.

    • ByronK

      Nope, not gonna happen. We stand together.

    • Todd20036

      Call them fascists. “alt-rights” almost legitimizes them

      • Shy Guy

        I’m guessing that’s why they re-branded as “alt-right” in the first place.

        Weren’t they called the “far right” until very recently? Switching back to that should be less of a jump for the media. I’m guessing trying for “fascist” would be branded as political correctness and leftist bias or whatever.

        At least “far right” succinctly conveyed their extremism.

        • Diogenes Onionpants

          They’ve been trying to rebrand, and it’s been horrifyingly successful. They don’t even think of themselves as racists: they’re “race realists.” They’ve totally swallowed the bullshit they’ve been feeding to the media.

          I agree that “alt-right” is a euphemism that obscures their nastiness. Though I always used “far right” for advocates of a particular form of State power and organization, whereas the “alt-right” is a bit blousy in ideology: “men’s rights” wankers, disgruntled authoritarians, etc., all tied together by underlying racial animus. But “far right” certainly better conveys to the public just what’s going on.

          • Kay

            The alt-right rejects political correctness. Political correctness happens to include racial aspects, so racists tend to gravitate towards the alt-right. That doesn’t make it a defining aspect, no matter how many times the left tries to insist it’s the case.

            I’m Mexican. I’m a lawful immigrant. I despise unlawful immigration – be it done by someone who’s white, brown, black, or maroon. There is a system, there are laws, and illegal immigrants undermine worker protections, and contribute to exploitation (of the immigrants, and of other workers), and lawlessness.

            Many people would call that racism. It’s not – illegal is not a race. We get lumped together, though, just like poor people and progressives. Poor people tend to lean more progressive, but that doesn’t make most of the people who support progressivism poor.

        • canoebum

          I thought the expression was “lunatic fringe”.

        • Kay

          The alt-right is not the far-right. Different groups of people.

          Some of us are socially liberal to a degree, but fiscally conservative. The Libertarian party is nuts, and supports trade and open borders – we generally lean more protectionist, and a country with no borders isn’t a country.

          So, we lean right in general, but without the homophobia, the jesus obsession, religious dominionism, etc. Many of the alt-right support abortion.

          So, we needed a term for people who were right, but not orthodox. We’re the progressive (relatively) version of the far-right.

          We’re certainly called fascist often enough, but it doesn’t really stick because the philosophy differs in some important ways. We’re closer to post-fascism, except we support the constitution, and a representative democracy. We want people to vote for protectionism, nationalism, and isolationism – the goal is not to force it upon people, but for people to choose it voluntarily.

          • Shy Guy

            The alt-right is part of the far right.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt-right
            “The alt-right is a loose group of people with far right ideologies”

            So the alt-right is far right, but not all of the far right is alt-right. In your comment you describe yourselves as “the progressive (relatively) version of the far right”, distancing yourselves, whereas I’d say you’re a certain subset of the far right.

            I’m pretty sure the Libertarian party would not claim to be part of the alt-right.

            Part of the problem is that alt-right is a very nebulous and undefined concept. For example you say you’re “without the homophobia” but other people who would also claim to be part of the alt-right are unabashed homophobes.

            This is unhelpful, as it allows individuals to say “but I’m not a homophobe / white supremacist / anti-semite” and be telling the truth, but substantial portions of their compatriots are just that.

          • NancyP

            “social liberal, fiscal conservative” – These people used to be called “moderate Republicans” or “Country Club Republicans”. They have lost control of the party. I suspect that most self-identified “alt-right” people would call you a RINO.

          • Kay

            “I suspect that most self-identified “alt-right” people would call you a RINO.”

            That would be true of a lot of Trump voters. Trump’s the only Republican I’ve ever voted for – the other candidate I voted for was a Democrat.

      • AtticusP

        Absolutely right!

        Fascist, white supremacist, cowardly assholes, every single one.

        • Kay

          It’s nice to see that I, a brown Mexican, am a “white supremacist”, along with my black friends who voted for Trump.

          Here’s a hint – comments like that are a lot of why Trump won. Insisting that anyone who disagrees with you is a fascist and a white supremacist kind of shuts down discourse, and alienates people outside your echo chamber.

          • AtticusP

            I stand corrected. You’re not a fascist: you’re just clueless.

            And I’m confident that time will prove the truth of that statement.

      • Kay

        If you’re going to deliberately use wrong terms, why not go full Godwin and just call us Nazis? At least that’s half right – we’re Nationalists, but not Socialists.

        An intrinsic part of fascism is the belief that in a superior people. The alt-right crowd is generally not supremacists – rather, we want our government to represent us, and other governments to represent their citizens. We want to make our country great, but that doesn’t mean we think we’re intrinsically superior.

        We are indeed seeking Autarky, but lack the interventionalist/imperialist/expansionist drive. We also don’t reject a traditional liberal democracy – the goal is not to eliminate democracy. We want separation of powers to some degree, and free, accountable elections, and a constitution that limits the power of government for matters that are particularly important.

        Nationalist, authoritarian, populist, protectionist, certainly. We’re closer to neo-fascism, but it doesn’t quite work – we want to get back to the constitution, not tear it down.

        • AtticusP

          Fair enough. You’re a Nazi. Happy now?

          • Kay

            Actually, yes. Painting us all with a broad brush has done wonders for recruitment, for the same reasons that painting muslims with a broad brush helps with radicalization.

            If you’re going to lump everyone in together – calling everyone who doesn’t agree with you nazis, or homophobes, or anti-mexican, or whatever, people will tune you out more, and in-group and out-group dynamics will help push people away from you.

            The more extreme your positions get, the more rational and calm ours appear.

          • AtticusP

            “The more extreme your positions get, the more rational and calm ours appear.”

            Sure, Sparky. You keep telling yourself that. If there’s anything that we can expect from the next four years it’s definitely not a whole lot of “rational” and “calm”.

            Since I will have already long since blocked you by the time Trump’s damage starts to kick in, let me just say “I told you so” in advance.

    • T-Batwoman

      Thank you, we appreciate and love y’all for it!!

    • Kay

      It’s less the alt-right, and more the right. There are more anti-trans people in the Trump tent than there are anti-gay, but they are still a distinct minority.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    From this to Trump. How utterly depressing….BUT, that shouldn’t stop anyone, Trans, Bi, Gay, Straight and all others, from resisting the Trump, the Pence, the disease that is the alt-right. Stand strong and remember, they don’t bear the scars or battle wounds that we do. They have never truly had to fight for anything other than their own indulgences. The closet is no longer an option. Stay strong, be vigilant and most of all, RESIST.

    • AtticusP

      Resist? You’d better believe it!

      To: Donald Trump et al.

      From: an out and proud Franco-American gay man.

      Game on, motherfuckers!

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Bob Marley–“Get Up, Stand Up”

        “Get up stand up
        Stand up for your rights
        Get up stand up
        Don’t give up the fight!”

        https://youtu.be/X2W3aG8uizA

  • Bill Post

    Unfortunately Secretary Of State Gouhliani will not be so magnanimous, sad that he is from New York And knows better. Selling out the more vulnerable of our society to make a few bucks.

    • Marti386

      On a completely unrelated note, your use of “Ghouliani” reminded me of Ghoulardi, a cult horror movie show host from Cleveland in the 60’s. πŸ˜›

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMX7bfND0ns

      • djcoastermark

        Oh My Gawd. Someone else remembers Ghoulardi ! Watched him as a kid all the time. Even at that young age I knew I was gay ’cause I thought he was kinda hot. Didn’t know what hot was at that age but he did something to me mentally.

        • Marti386

          He was before my time, but I remember The Big Chuck and Lil’ John Show, which was the decedent of Ghoulardi. They would do Ghoulardi tribute shows. He was too cool. πŸ˜›

          • djcoastermark

            Before Lil John it was Big Chuck and Hoolihan, until hoolihan went all religious nutty and dropped out to do some sort of preaching thing.

          • Marti386

            Cleveland was a sort of hotbed for horror show hosts. We also had The Ghoul (an offshoot of Ghoulardi), Superhost and Frank ‘n Drac.

            I remember as a kid, the Ghoul ran a movie called “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”, that REALLY freaked me out.

          • djcoastermark

            Ugh, Superhost on channel 43. He just annoyed me. Yeah there were some cool shows back then.

          • Marti386

            Another Hoolihan fun fact:

            In 1979, Wells became program director of WCLF-TV channel 22, a Christian television station located in Largo, Florida and serving the Tampa Bay area. WCLF went on the air in October 1979 as the flagship station for the newly founded Christian Television Network, which aired programming such as The PTL Club and The 700 Club. Wells and his wife also co-hosted an evening 90-minute Christian-themed interview, music and news program on WCLF called Horizons 22.
            According to Wells, after a board member of WCLF objected to them on
            the show as lacking in spirituality (saying, “They look good, they sound
            good, but I just don’t feel The Spirit moving there”), Wells and his
            wife were let go from WCLF after only three months. Later, John Wesley Fletcher, a founding member of the board of WCLF (and the one who objected to the Wells), was implicated in sex scandals involving PTL Club co-host Jim Bakker. Wells has expressed relief that he and his wife were no longer involved with the station by that time. πŸ˜›

          • djcoastermark

            Thanks for that. I had no idea how low he had sunk. CLF is still on the air here, but honestly, who even watches those channels? It’s one of those annoying channels that are packaged in the lowest tier basic cable sets. ( another reason I don’t have cable)

          • Marti386

            Fun fact: Bob “Hoolihan” Wells had a part in Summer Rental, the movie with John Candy. πŸ˜›

            Not Candy’s best movie, but still it was fun to see Hoolihan.

        • fuzzybits

          Ernie Anderson did it for me too. https://youtu.be/S7TcPI-vCDI

      • fuzzybits

        Yay Ghoulardi!!!

    • KnownDonorDad

      Please, please let it be Romney instead. Of course, Giuliani was a supporter and Trump is rewarding his supporters with positions – at least Carson and Gingrich both declined.

  • MBear

    Nothing you can do about that anymore, sunshine.

  • Paula

    No matter how hard Pence and his fascist x-tians want it, we will always be here.

    • Marti386

      Exactly. They think the battle ended on election night, but the war is JUST beginning.

    • ColdCountry

      Even if they somehow managed to wipe out every gender non-conforming person in the country, they will continue to breed, and voila! Weeeeee’re baaaaack!

      • JCF

        Even if gender-conforming people didn’t breed (we probably do so less than average), it’s gender CONFORMING people who continue to bear us (and even—though this shocks the bigots—nurture and love us, just as we non-conforming are!)

  • …for the next two months after which all that support from the government disappears.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      It seems doubtful the federal EEOC are going to reverse their published, written policies, Houndentenor. I mean, anything is possible, but don’t underestimate how entrenched a bureaucracy can become. (P.S. Entrenched bureaucracy was also a significant issue in the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, as you probably already know.)

      • That will depend on who winds up running various departments and agencies. I don’t think Trump gives a fuck one way or the other but some of the people being considered for appointments would eagerly rewrite those policies.

        • Kay

          As we saw with Caitlyn Jenner, Trump doesn’t care. One way, or the other.

  • Marti386

    Thank you, John. I know you can’t do much once Trump and his cronies get in, but I thank you for your unwavering support. It means a lot.

  • James

    The United States remains committed to advance the human rights of all persons . . . until next January.

  • SFBruce

    It’s actually painful to read these words, knowing that nothing like them would ever come from a Secretary of State Giuliani. I feel the same way every time Obama opens his and something deeply considered and measured comes out. We’re in for a rough few years. I hope to find some optimism that we’ll survive Trump, but so far there’s not much evidence for that.

  • Ninja0980

    Both parties are the same though right.

  • Ryan Conrad

    Too bad we can’t have a “day of remembrance” for the African-American lesbian mothers and their son who were murdered – shot and stabbed – by trans activist Dana Rivers last week. Not only can’t we remember them and honor them, this blog can’t even bother to report on them. Disgusting disregard for the lives of lesbian of color.
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dana-rivers-oakland-triple-homicide-20161116-story.html

    • Friday

      Deceptively trying to turn that report into a reason for more anti-trans hatred …not to mention racial division, is no different from the usual searching for ‘Willie Hortons’ the Right likes to pull, and it’s revealing you’re calling someone a ‘trans activist’ who…. isn’t. Just once talked about writing a book that never happened after losing her job for being trans.

      • Ryan Conrad

        Dana Rivers was enough of an activist to be giving interviews and to be invited as a speaker at the Creating Change conference. And nothing in your disgusting comment speaks to the issue of why these women and their son aren’t being acknowledged. Why has there been not a single post on this blog about their deaths? Because it is bad PR for trans activists? Because your fee fees now take priority over lesbian lives? And how vile of you, a white person, to use race to silence and cover up the murders of people of color. You are cut from the same vile cloth as the murderer. Disgusting.

        • Friday

          Over a decade ago, you mean, …And whenever an epidemic of violence against black people is mentioned do you go citing black people accused of murder to create *more* hate? Or any other minority?

        • Friday

          You choosing the occasion to try and stir *more* anti-trans hate is what’s disgusting.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          “You are cut from the same vile cloth as the murderer.”
          You just equivocated someone with being a murderer for writing a comment. That is neither logical nor acceptable.

      • JCF

        Why did I just KNOW, when I saw that story last week, some fetid @sshole would raise it to attack ALL Trans people???

  • TheManicMechanic

    A year from now will likely be more anti-LGBT legislation being brought forth in mean spirited attacks on this day.

  • Acronym Jim

    OT: Celebrate the last 8 years with the official White House photographer’s 55 favorite photographs of President Obama.

    http://imgur.com/a/hAUjD

    • andrew

      I will celebrate Obama’s 8 years for as long as I live. Rarely has such grace and decency occupied our Oval Office. We now live in a time when Trump replaces Obama, Pence replaces Biden, Jeff Sessions replaces Loretta :Lynch and that’s just for starters. We are certainly living in a downward spiral.

    • ColdCountry

      Thanks for that link, those pics are wonderful. I am so going to miss that man.

  • andrew

    John Kerry is an outstanding human being. As a young man, he served in battle in Vietnam. After leaving the battle field, he came to believe the war was wrong and helped form Vietnam veterans against the war. He testified before Congressional Committees against the war. He served honorably in the U.S. Congress for decades and unfortunately lost his election for the presidency. He has been a voice of peace, reason and intelligence in helping shape America’s foreign policy. He is a man who has given much to his nation. I had the honor of voting for him to be our president.

  • T-Batwoman

    Just for the record: 87 known murders this year :'(

    If you have the fortitude you can read about each individual case of drowning, burning, dismemberment, stabbing, shooting, sexual assault, strangulation, asphyxiation, etc. here:

    https://tdor.info/

    • djcoastermark

      I don’t have the strength to read it. I’ve read so many of the reports of these horrors, and combined with the year that we have all been through I just can’t. I can however, and will, stand up for ALL my LGBT+ family where ever I go.

    • If you go to the TGEU list, the worldwide number of *reported* murders of trans people is more like 295 – and that is only the tip of the iceberg. In the United States alone, there were 24 or 25.

      TGEU international list is at:
      http://transrespect.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/TvT_TMM_TDoR2016_Namelist_EN.pdf

      Please note that some dates are in European day/month/year notation, and some are in American month/day/year notation.

      Also, the TGEU list includes October 2015 and stops at the end of September 2016.

      For one TDOR I attended this year, they used Ethan’s list (that used to be Gwen’s list). At the other, we cross-checked both the TGEU list and the one Ethan maintains, and focused on the American victims.

      One of the most detailed resources on the American victims can be found here:
      http://southfloridagaynews.com/National/transgender-day-of-remembrance-twenty-four-names-twenty-four-lives.html

      We have to be aware of intersectionality – the large majority of the American victims this past year were African-American, and most of the rest were Latina. Two were trans men, and at least one identified as genderqueer.

  • If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend watching the movie “Kinky Boots”; especially on this day and in light of the upcoming Drumpf administration. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is simply marvelous. Yes it’s fiction but it shows that it is possible change peoples minds.

    • Marti386

      Chiwetel Ejiofor also starred in an excellent movie called Dirty Pretty Things, about an illegal immigrant.

      • Yep, saw that one as well. Very good movie and Ejiofor was great in it. But his role in “Kinky Boots” is transcendent and is the type of role that separates great from merely good actors. Much like Al Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon”.

  • Mike Knife

    God Bless Secretary Of State John Kerry for Reaffirming Support For Trans Rights On Transgender Day Of Remembrance.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Thanks, Joe for posting this–it is important not to lose sight of why we are here!

  • John Kerry is an example of someone in political life who has always striven to do good, and has a relatively competent moral compass.

  • JCF

    “On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States solemnly honors the
    memory of the many transgender individuals…”

    Will ye no come back again?

    Memory eternal: Our Beloved Dead.

  • JCF

    Have y’all seen this?

    https://fighttrump.co/

  • aar9n

    10 bucks say next year we will have a white history month and Christian heritage days.

  • Bared Bear

    I still have a Kerry for Prez t-shirt in my closet somewhere from the Dubya years. My stomach knots up because I thought the Dubya/Cheney years were hellish… but the Trumpya/Pencil Dick years are going to be so much worse.