November is Transgender Awareness Month. This provides an opportunity to advocate for the visibility, protection and recognition of trans, non-binary and gender-fluid people all around the world.During the month of November, TAIMI — the World’s Only LGBTQI+ Social Network and Dating App along with the world celebrates transgender and gender nonconforming people.One of the key elements of Transgender Awareness Month, is the week leading up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance.Mark your calendars! Transgender Awareness Week begins on November 12. TAIMI will send out reminders in app and post on all our social media accounts.It is a one-week celebration which leads up to an important date for everyone. Whether you are trans, cis, non-binary or gender-fluid it is important to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).This year, marks the 20th anniversary of Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day which memorializes the victims of transphobia.TDOR was founded by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in honor of Rita Hester, a black trans woman who was violently murdered in 1998. A Trans Rights Activist, Gwendolyn Ann Smith held a vigil in memory of Hester as well as all the transgender people lost to transphobia. This began a memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.In 2019 alone, at least 22 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed in the United States. Some at the hands of strangers, acquaintances, unknown assailants, even partners. Most of those killed this year are trans women of color killed by gun violence. These are their namesDana Martin, 31, a Black transgender woman, fatally shot in Montgomery, Alabama, on January 6, 2019.Jazzaline Ware, a Black transgender woman, found dead in her Memphis, Tennessee apartment in March, 2019.Ashanti Carmon, 27, a Black transgender woman, fatally shot in Prince George’s County, Maryland on March 30, 2019.Claire Legato, 21, a Black transgender woman, fatally shot in Cleveland, Ohio on April 15, 2019.Muhlaysia Booker, 23, a Black transgender woman, fatally shot in Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2019.Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40, a Black transgender woman, fatally shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 19, 2019.Paris Cameron, 20, a Black transgender woman, killed during a horrific anti-LGBTQ shooting in a home in Detroit, Michigan on May 25, 2019.Chynal Lindsey, 26, a Black transgender woman, found dead in White Rock Lake, Dallas, with signs of “homicidal violence” on June 1, 2019.Chanel Scurlock, 23, a Black transgender woman, was found fatally shot in Lumberton, North Carolina, on June 6.Zoe Spears, 23, a Black transgender woman, found with signs of trauma in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, pronounced dead on June 13, 2019.Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, a Black transgender woman, found dead at an abandoned home in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 25, 2019Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, a Black transgender woman, found fatally shot in North Charleston, South Carolina, on July 20, 2019.Tracy Single, 22, a Black transgender woman, killed in Houston, Texas on July 30, 2019.Bubba Walker, 55, a Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina, in late July, 2019.Kiki Fantroy, 21, a Black transgender woman, fatally shot in Miami, Florida on July 31, 2019.Jordan Cofer, 22, among the nine victims killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 4, 2019.Pebbles LaDime “Dime” Doe, 24, a Black transgender woman, killed in Allendale County, South Carolina, on August 4, 2019.Bailey Reeves, 17, a Black transgender teen, fatally shot in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 2, 2019.Bee Love Slater, 23, brutally murdered in Clewiston, Florida, on September 4, 2019.Jamagio Jamar Berryman, a Black gender non-conforming person, was killed in Kansas City, Kansas, on September 13, 2019.Itali Marlowe, 29, a Black transgender woman shot multiple times in Houston, Texas on September 20, 2019Brianna “BB” Hill, 30, fatally shot in Kansas City, Missouri on October 14, 2019.We truly hope this list won’t grow. We trust that everyone who reads this article will have a chance to attend a vigil in memory of all those affected by transphobic violence.The vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations, and held at community centers, parks, and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year.GET TAIMI: AppStore | GooglePlayFOLLOW TAIMI: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | PINTEREST
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