Nearly 30 transgender people in this year alone have returned to the non-physical realm in daring and courageous ways in support of the transgender community. I’m thrilled with the progress they have contributed to the community and the world at large, as more people realize the need to further embrace transgender people. It’s been a little over a week since the Transgender Day of Remembrance. So it’s apt to recall these people.
It seems tragic to think these 30 people “lost” their lives. However, death is not the worst thing that can happen to a person. Nor is dying at the hands of a murderer. This is hard to get, but a broader perspective will show that all 30 of these gallant, courageous people traded a relatively minor experience (from the perspective of the eternal, powerful beings we are) in order to trigger greater change in physical reality.
So it is from that perspective that we honor these people by listing them here on our site. They have done a LOT to make most of what is happening in society possible.
To them we say thanks!
India Monroe, 29, was murdered on Dec. 21, 2016 in Newport News, Virginia
Mesha Caldwell, 41, Canton, Mississippi
Sean Ryan Hake, 23, Sharon, Pennsylvania
Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
JoJo Striker, 23, Toledo, Ohio
Tiara Richmond, also known as Keke Collier, 24, Chicago
Chyna Gibson, also known as Chyna Doll Dupree, 31, New Orleans
Ciara McElveen, 26, New Orleans
Jaquarrius Holland, 18, Monroe, Louisiana
Alphonza Watson, 38, Baltimore, Maryland
Chay Reed, 28, Miami
Kenneth Bostick, 59, Manhattan
Sherrell Faulkner, 46, Charlotte, North Carolina
Kenne McFadden, 27, San Antonio
Kendra Marie Adams, 28
Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17, Athens, Georgia
Ebony Morgan, 28, Lynchburg, Virginia
Tee Tee Dangerfield, 32, Atlanta, Georgia
Gwynevere River Song, 26, Waxahachie, Texas
Kiwi Herring, 30, was killed during an altercation with police on August 22
Pepper K. Aka Phoenix, 33, Columbus, Ohio
Kashmire Nazier Redd, 28, was fatally stabbed by his partner on September 5
Derricka Banner, 26, Charlotte, North Carolina
Scout Schultz, 21, was shot and killed by Georgia Tech campus police on September 16
Ally Steinfeld, 17, was stabbed to death in Missouri in early September
I know. Pretty much everyone in the LGBT community hates Trump. Except maybe Caitlyn Jenner. While the rest of us worry about the terrible things his administration is going to do to the transgender community, let’s look at some of the real-world things happening that are making being transgender in America better.
BTW, we at The Transamorous Network are no fans of Trump or any other president. We can do far better without a president. Or a government. But that’s another story. Let’s instead look at some of the great things happening, many of which are because Trump is in office.
More than twenty 20 transgender people are now running for various government seats. These people are running for everything from city mayor to US Congress.
Gov. Christie, a republican, recently signed several pieces of legislation protecting transgender rights, insuring, among other things, that New York doesn’t go the way of Texas.
Speaking of Texas, the Bathroom Bill debate wages on, this time with many small businesses joining in to oppose the Texas Governor’s plans to “protect women and children”. Many Fortune 500 companies already have threatened Texas with economic hardship by refusing to do business with the state. California recently banned the use of state money to travel or do business in Texas.
The CEO of the state’s board of tourism recently ran the numbers:
“The bathroom bill debate has already cost the state $66 million in convention business. The state could lose more than $1 billion in additional convention business should Texas lawmakers pass the bill. San Antonio hotels have lost 43,623 booked hotel room-nights from convention groups that canceled because of the bathroom bill debate. San Antonio has already lost three conventions valued at $3.1 million because of the debate. Another 15 convention groups have threatened to cancel their events should a bathroom bill become law, taking with them $41 million in local spending.”
Newsweek recently reported that the Trump Administration’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered his prosecutors to review the case files on murders of transgender people to make sure there’s not a serial killer or hate group carrying out the attacks, he said in a speech Thursday morning. He also said he told his prosecutors to work with the FBI and U.S. attorney offices around the country to figure out how they can help local law enforcement investigating the murders. “We have and will continue to enforce hate crime laws aggressively and appropriately where transgendered individuals are victims,” the attorney general said.
The point isn’t to say people aren’t scared and worried about themselves or people they know. As we always say here at The Transamorous Network, the future is uncertain, but the probability of the future happening that you focus on increases the more you focus on it. Read that sentence again. It’s important.
And that’s why here at The Transamorous Network we strive to get you to focus on positive outcomes about the future and positive aspects about what is. For the future is borne of your thoughts.