Trans Day of Remembrance

I attended the Canberra TDOT event last night.  In previous years we have met in Glebe Park where we stood around with candles while the names of murdered people were read out.  These people were murdered because they were trans or perceived to be trans.

Last  night we met in the Gods Cafe at the Australian National University’s Arts Centre.  While time was spent remembering those who were killed for simply being themselves, it was also a celebration of those who are still here.

Potted flowers were distributed to those present to plant around the City in memory of those who died.

Shane Rattenbury (Greens Party), the Speaker in the ACT’s Legislative Assembly, was present to talk about some positive steps being taken regarding law reform.

Among the people remembered was Roy Antonio Jones III, a 16 month old baby murdered by his mother’s boyfriend who had struck him with fists to try to make him act more like a boy.  What a tragic and ugly manifestation of transphobia.

This day causes me to reflect on the amount of privilege I have (or had).  Because what separates me from those on the list of the dead is my privilege and a great big dose of good luck.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bernadette
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 17:58:53

    Hi again,Chloe asked me to ask you what medical fund you used?
    thanks

    Reply

  2. Peta
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 06:41:14

    Hi Bernadette,
    I was in Medibank Private with Blue Ribbon Hospital Cover. Like everything, it’s getting more and more expensive and I’m only a couple of rate rises away from dropping private health cover or at least limiting my cover.

    Reply

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