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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance

Date: 
November 18, 2011

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 20. This annual event remembers people lost to anti-transgender violence over the past year. For more information, including a list of related events, visit www.transgenderdor.org.

Earlier this year, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality released the groundbreaking study Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. It is the first large-scale national study of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people, and paints a more complete picture than any prior research to date.

The survey found deep and widespread discrimination against transgender people in several areas, including employment, housing and more. As for violence, 26 percent of respondents reported being physically assaulted and 10 percent reported being sexually assaulted because of their gender identity/expression.

Study findings also showed higher rates of discrimination and violence, across the board, for transgender people of color. The Task Force, along with the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Center for Transgender Equality, recently released a factsheet specifically on the experiences of black survey respondents. A factsheet about Latino/a respondents is forthcoming in December. It will be followed next year by publications focusing on discrimination against Asian American, American Indian and Alaska Native respondents.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"The Task Force family joins in the somber remembrance of all we have lost this year to anti-transgender hate violence. The U.S. clearly is not exempt from this global crisis. As our national study shows, discrimination is pervasive and severe toward transgender and gender non-conforming people. The alarming personal stories and stats show that transgender people face injustice everywhere and in many ways. They fear for their livelihood, their safety, their ability to feed their families and have a roof over their heads. This is simply unacceptable. We must continue working toward a culture that affirms the dignity and worth of all people. Until no more of our transgender friends and family are lost to senseless hate violence, we must not rest."

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