transgenderdayofremembranceabstr***LET US LIVE; WE ARE HUMAN****

Transgender day of remembrance (TDOR) is a day that is cerebrated every 20 November to honour the memories of transgender lives lost due to acts of anti-transgender violence. Today 20.November 2016, the Uganda Transgender and gender non confirming (TGNC) community recognize, remember and celebrate the transgender lives lost to brutality, hate crime, mob justice and violence.

Trans people – those that identify with a gender other than what they were born in, those who live as gender fluid, or those who express their gender in ways outside of societal norms – exist in every society, religion, culture or country. This group has been persecuted and experienced hostility from the world as a result of their identification. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, they have paid a heavy price for their acceptance.

Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, discrimination in education and employment, and DEATH are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

The stigma caused by the medical pathologization of their identities is at the core of these violations. They are required to fit into categories not of their own choosing, but those that list them as having a disorder. As long as this continues, they cannot fully enjoy their human rights. For it is a human right to freely decide about our own bodies and identities. We note that many trans persons call on the state to address discrimination by issuing legal identity documents, upon request, that reflect preferred gender, eliminating abusive preconditions, such as sterilization, forced treatment and divorce.

The swiftly growing cultural acceptance of LGBTQ rights has been propelled by Millennials, who are more likely than any other generation to support Transgender and gender non confirming persons. TGNCs refuse to sit idle as they, their friends and family members are denied their inalienable rights. And even as we celebrate this TDOR, we know the fight is not over. Transgender people around the nation need to feel safe in their schools, communities, and homes. They need protection from discrimination in housing and employment. They need education programs which truly include them and teach the skills they need to protect their health and lives.

The steps Trans people take to live their lives in their preferred gender should be made with dignity and in privacy, and not with such preconditions. ‘’What most people fail to understand is that, because of their gender variance, most transgender people are not normatively male or female before or after transition. Most of us are not seeking perfection when measured against external stereotypes; rather most of us are seeking an internal sense of comfort when measured against our own sense of our selves”.