Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance

*Trigger warning*

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Because we still live in a world where only some people are protected from violence.

Because we still live in a world where you’re excused for committing violence against those who are considered less than.

Because you almost never hear about it when people who live at the intersections of margins are beaten, killed, or do violence to themselves.

Because we are so damn invested in the arbitrary, restrictive, invented rules of gender that we hurt and kill those who break them.

Because, as my brilliant colleague Jos Truitt wrote earlier this year, “There’s an epidemic of violence. There’s an epidemic of hate. There’s an epidemic of not fucking letting us be part of humanity.”

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance – a Day that isn’t even about all transgender people yet, just the ones who are the most privileged and considered most respectable, but a Day to commit to doing better.

Here’s a list of TDoR events: is there one in your area? 

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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