In 1999 a handful of transgender people sought to highlight the need for awareness around anti-transgender violence, which refers to attacks against people who are perceived as transgender — regardless of how one may personally identify. To that end, the first Transgender Day of Remembrance event in the Castro district of San Francisco, holding the names of those we’d lost in silent testimony.
That was 13 years ago. Today, Transgender Day of Remembrance is represented in the United States and Canada, Australia, Poland, Russia, the Philippines, South Korea and many other locations across the Earth. The notion of remembering our dead reaches into places that those few who gathered in 1999 could hardly have envisioned.
But that doesn;t stop FOX News from making a mockery of the day and adding insult to injury because as on the same day that thousands of people around the world gather to remember those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred, Fox News started its day with a news alert mocking Michelle Kosilek, a transgender prison inmate in Massachusetts who requested electrolysis treatment to complete her gender transition.
No matter what you think about the Michelle Kosilek case personally, FOX news DELIBERATELY ran this story of a convicted transgender murderer and the request for electrolysis on the Transgender Day of Remembrance for no other reason than trying to use a convicted murderer as a tacit example of all transgender people.
Source: Carlos Maza @ Think Progress