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Watch: This Transgender Day of Remembrance, Cherno Biko mourns murdered trans women

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Each year, TDoR is a reminder to mourn trans people who died from anti-trans violence and to commit ourselves to ending the murderers and supporting the living. This year, official records indicate 22 trans women in the U.S. have been murdered. The actual number is surely much higher; the deaths of trans people have historically been undercounted, with trans women often misreported as gay men.

In this powerful video, Black Trans Lives Matter activist Cherno Biko speaks the names of the trans women murdered in the U.S. so far this year, noting the particularly high rates of violence against trans women of color. You can also read the names of trans women murdered here and find a local event here.


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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

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