Tomorrow, November 20th marks the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance where communities across the globe remember our friends and family members who have been murdered because of their real or perceived gender identity or expression. This year as your chapters attend vigils, read names, advocate for laws and educate about gender identity and expression all in honor of this important day remember that the victims of gender identity and expression hate crimes are not just those who are murdered, but their friends and families as well. The parents, grandparent, sisters, brothers, aunts, and uncles, cousins and friends who loved that person and will always miss them are victims too. They have been robbed of a lifetime with their loved one by someone else's ignorance and hate. So as PFLAG, the family organization, let's use the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to remind people that we love our transgender family and friends unconditionally and we will always remember.
To get resources that will help you learn more and support your trans friends and family, visit PFLAG's Transgender Network at www.pflag.org/tnet. And if you're looking for information on trans and gender-variant/nonconforming youth, visit www.pflag.org/degrassi.