Today I am asking everyone, and in particular the lesbian and feminist communities to observe TDoR, the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Some time today, take a minute to reflect in silence. Take a little time to reflect on the frighteningly high statistics regarding the murder, rape, domestic violence, homelessness, joblessness and suicide of transgender people.
I invite you to reflect on the way that resistance in any community towards acceptance and inclusion of transgender people materially affects their welfare. Your efforts to embrace and understand transgender people can make a positive difference to their safety.
It really is as simple as that – marginalisation makes people less safe – more impoverished; more vulnerable; more likely to be the victims of violence; more prone to poor mental health. Please show compassion, even if you do not fully understand – open your heart and accept a difference that cannot possibly hurt you.