Transgender Day of Remembrance raises hope from tears

Thu. November 21, 2013 10:19 AM by Windy City Media Group

Chicago, IL - On Nov. 20—while many in Boystown celebrated Illinois becoming the 16th state in the nation with full marriage equality—the people who filled a narrow wing of the Center on Halsted were more somber.

Transmen, women and genderqueers from across the city were there for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event to memorialize the more than 70 transpeople murdered across the world.

These were merely the documented cases. The actual number, and so the scope of the crimes worldwide, is unknown.

Twenty-two-year old Evon Young, was tied up, choked with a chain, shot and then set on fire in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Venezuelan Palmira Garcia, 37, was tortured and partially scalped. An unidentified child of 13 suffered death by hanging in Brazil. Sixteen-year-old Dwayne Jones was beaten, stabbed and run over by a car in Jamaica. The list went on and on, read by members of the trans community in Chicago, some of whom could not hold back their tears.

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