International Trans Day of Remembrance 2021

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Saturday, November 20th is International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). OPSEU/SEFPO joins in remembering those who have died as a result of transphobia-related violence worldwide.  It’s also a chance to bring greater attention to the effects of transphobia.

TDoR is a reminder that transphobia, and the violence associated with it, is systemic and must be stopped. Hate crimes grow substantially in environments where people are given implied permission to hate. It is up to governments and communities to defend trans people, ensuring they are safe and respected in their communities, workplaces and homes.

Through various international reports, it is clear that violence disproportionately affects racialized trans women, particularly Black trans women, and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia combine to deny them employment, housing, healthcare and other necessities.

Stigma, denial of opportunity and increased risk factors compound to create a culture of violence.

Education, training and representation in our workplaces and institutions must occur, but that’s difficult when governments are not on board. We see this around the world. In Ontario, many trans people are feeling lonelier and vulnerable as a result of the pandemic.  Many continue to struggle at home where they’ve been living with unsupportive family members.  They are subject to abuse which leads to mental health problems. Some are forced to live and work on the streets where it could be far more dangerous than home.

What can we as a society do?

In Solidarity,

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer
Morgen Veres, OPSEU/SEFPO Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel Co-Chair