I join the Human Rights Campaign in observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance today, November 20, 2013.
In the past year, I came to know a group of transgender people and they have become my closest friends in recent memory. I never knew that I could relate to them and never really realized that they would teach me new things I never understood before.
Just like being gay, transgender people go through stages of acceptance. It’s not an easy road, and even after accepting who they are, society hasn’t fully embraced them and they still suffer discrimination most of their open life. They are misunderstood to this day and I for one would admit that I never really understood them before until I got to know who they are. Some still become victims of hate crimes and are murdered because of who they are.
Today, November 20th – marks the passing of transgender and gender-variant individuals – or those perceived to be transgender – who have been murdered because of hate. I offer this post to raise awareness about the discrimination that still exists today.
One set of Youtube videos showed me how much beautiful our world could be if only people like Jazz’s parents and her friends treat transgender people the same way – with love and full acceptance.
Watch the videos below:
I am Jazz – A Family in Transition Part I
I am Jazz – A Family in Transition Part II
I am Jazz – A Family in Transition Part III