Normally, I want to try and write something powerful and moving for today, but as I watch it get worse and worse, I'm just at a loss for words. The only thing that keeps running through my mind over and over again is: This needs to stop.
For the list of those we've lost this year (or at least the ones we are aware of), check here.
I ask that you at least take a moment out of your day to just reflect on this... and if you know someone who is transgender, just give them a hug or tell them you're there for them... or if YOU are transgender, be strong, love yourself, and don't be afraid of who you are.
Amasing cover can't wait to see the next cchaapter
I was very nearly one of the people that needed remembering this year. My best friend literally walked in on me seconds from killing myself, and he stopped me. I'm doing better now, and I just want to say to anyone else that is considering suicide (and 41% of us will, statistically speaking):It is not worth it. It sounds trite, but it gets better.
Unrelated to the topic at hand, but for some reason Rain looks scary here, like she is in the cover for some Japanese horror movie...
My internet's been down all week, but it came back for today.
Couldn't have come back on a better day. :)
I very much will stay strong. Maybe by next year, I could actually be out of the closet.
Might sound a little insensitive but... why are so many of them from Brazil? Is there some reason? I'm trans myself and that kind of scares me... though Its probably not high on my list of places to visit.
@Crimson Brush: I have a trans friend who lives in Brazil, and according to her, it is an incredibly dangerous environment to be trans. There is very little acceptance of LGBT in the country, and the government actively works against the trans community.
Brazil, however, does has the kind of stability and media needed to get horrible acts on trans people known. In many African and middle eastern countries, such as Nigeria, Congo, Turkey or Saudi Arabia, no one would care to report it, while in east Asia, violence on LGBT persons is culturally ignored.
This is the kind of thing that we are fighting against.
As a tourist, however, your experience will always be very different from the people who live there. I have no idea what it would be like to go there.
I was supposed to go to a candlelight vigil at the UNM duck pond specifically for this, but there was some other shit event going on simultaneously and not a SINGLE parking meter on campus took cash. Credit card only. Everywhere else was permit or get towed. So after the better part of an hour of driving trying to attend the candlelight vigil I just gave up and came home in tears. I didn't get to go last year either because of scheduling conflicts.
@LittleLynn84: To be honest before today, the 21, it never really registered with me. I didn't even remember yesterday and I feel awful. Seeing this list, I feel physically sick, and other than that, I don't have a vocabulary to describe the emotions I'm experiencing.
I have came very close to death myself many of times. I survived on and they only made me stronger for it. Like being forged in fire. They never win. Cause I never let them.
I'm trans and I've only come out to my husband and a couple friends and I'm not sure if I want anybody to know. I'm just not sure of myself. I mean, I stick out enough and I get called sir alot cause I sport a short do, I just get so worried that everyone I care about will just start hating me if I tell them. I didn't tell my husband til after we had been together 4 years, he already knew though cause he figured it out. I mean, I don't really care if they call me he or not but I just don't like keeping secrets. I'm not planning on getting a sex change so I could technically go without telling anybody else for the rest of my life. I don't even know what point I was trying to make. I just need to get it out.