Today, the 20th of November, is a day we set aside to honour part of our rainbow family. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance serves to honour all those who have suffered as a result of anti-trans* hate crimes and prejudice.
This year, 268 transgender individuals have been murdered worldwide, with 14 of the victims aged 18 and under. [source] This number is shocking, but unfortunately is likely to be an underestimation, as many deaths may be reported under incorrect pronouns, and others may not be reported at all.
The attempted suicide rate among transgender individuals is also alarmingly high. One study found that in America 46% of trans men and 41% of trans women will have attempted suicide at least once in their adult lives. This is 10 times higher than the rate found in the overall US adult population. [source]
Today we remember, honour, and mourn for all those who have lost their lives just for being themselves. Today we keep in mind the unique challenges faced by trans* members of our communities. Today we pledge to fight for the right of our brothers and sisters to live happy and healthy lives without fear of violence and prejudice.
We Are invites you to join us in this pledge by respecting transgender individuals both in your peer group and in the media. If you would like more information about the services provided in Malta, or would like to know how you can do your part for the trans* community please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on our Facebook page.
If you or someone you know needs help in dealing with their gender identity, call the National Gay Helpline, run by MGRM, on +356 21430006 / +356 99255559.
*Trans is an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum. [source]