This week was Transgender Awareness Week and today is the 11th Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor all of those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hate. One thing we’ve learned from talking to the transgender community is that gender-based public sexual harassment is a major problem in the DC metro that receives little attention and can lead to very violent and serious crimes.
In honor of this week and today, we want to shine a light on the gender-based sexual harassment that our fellow transgender folks are experiencing on a daily basis in our community.
One of our first stories was about a trans man who was harassed because of his apparent lack of gender identity and conformity and brutally attacked outside of a club by two lesbian women.
Here is another story we received about a trans woman who was harassed on the bus by male and female teens while the bus driver ignored it.
Over the summer two trans women where brutally and one fatally attacked in board daylight in NW DC.
According to this report:
The latest, and most reliable, statistics on anti-LGBT violence reveal that it is still a major factor facing the transgender community.
According to a 2008 report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), anti-transgender bias is reported crimes is holding steady, in fact, it has increased 12 percent over the previous year.
The murder rate for LGBT Americans as a whole stands at the highest it has been since 1999. There were 29 related such murders reported last year.
When asked why the rate of violence has continued to surge, Sharon Stapel, NCAVP executive director, complained, “We have set up a culture that explicitly sanctions violence against LGBT people. When we have a federal government that says it’s OK to discriminate against people because of sexual orientation or gender identity, we shouldn’t be surprised when violence occurs because there is no protection against it.”
There are vigils happening all around the world tonight. In Washington, DC, it is happening at Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW, at 6:30 PM. The closest is Mt. Vernon Square/7th St Conv Ctr (Green/Yellow). Go to http://tinyurl.com/ybcvyuu for more information. If you live in NoVA, there is one happening in Fairfax at MCC of Northern Virginia, located at 10383 Democracy Lane, Fairfax, VA 22030. It starts at 6:30PM. For more information, contact RevEmmaChattin@gmail.com.