Today is a day to remember our beloved transgendered friends, lovers, and family.
It truly saddens my soul to think that there still exist bigotry and hate crimes in this world.
As we as a species continue to evolve more spiritually and more open-hearted, it seems that the opposite must still exist in one form or another.
It is something that I struggle with constantly, this concept of duality.
Why can’t we just live utopianistically, holistically, and lovingly?
I struggle with this every day when I hear about a new murder taking place.
When I find out about yet another rape.
When I discover that hundreds if not thousands of transgender human beings have been murdered since the 1970s. Murders due to ignorance, and close-mindedness. Murders due to self-hatred and confusion on behalf of the perpetrator. When will we as a society be able to allow our children to express themselves? When will we come to realize that hatred and ignorance only breeds more hatred and ignorance. It is true, society and the community that we surround our children with will make them into the adults that they will become. Do you want yours to become a murderer? A rapist? Someone with hate in their heart?
Below is only a short list of documented hate crimes, and murders. Who knows how many others were excluded or not even discovered.
This troubles me. It should trouble you as well.
Until the last murder is done away with. Until our societies stop creating monsters perpetuating the madness.
Here I will list the current list from transgenderdor.org
May we remember our beloved who have been taken away from us. May their beautiful spirits find peace. May they know that they WERE loved dearly. May we find justice. Namaste, dear sweet ones.
List of Those We Have Lost in 2013
|Name||age||cause of death||location||date|
Evon Young 22 tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA January 2, 2013 Nicole Galisteu Gunshot Santa Cândida, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil January 8, 2013 Daniel Mendoza Ricardo Macias 23 multiple stab wounds. Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico January 9, 2013 “Tiffany” Wesley Holder 19 multiple stab wounds. Georgetown, Guyana January 11, 2013 unknown woman stoned, stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle Jaboatão Guararapes, Pernambuco, Brazil January 24, 2013 Karen multiple stab wounds, beheaded. Zimatlán de Alvarez, Oaxaca, Mexico January 28, 2013 Naomi Estrada 19 two gunshots to the head and chest Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico February 1, 20213 Palmira Garcia 37 partially scalped, signs of torture, laceration to face. Las Marvales, Venezuela February 5, 2013 Mônica Lewinski 38 gunshot wound to the head Curitiba, Paraná , Brazil February 8, 2013 Joelma gunshot Altos, Piauí, Brazil February 9, 2013 unidentified woman seven stab wounds Gravataí, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil February 24, 2013 unidentified woman multiple gunshot wounds Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil February 24, 2013 Stephanie beaten and strangled to death. Embu das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil March 3, 2013 Adán Amilcar Iglesias four gunshot wounds to the head El Carmen, Honduras March 4, 2013 Cemia “CeCe” Dove 23 multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond. Cleveland, Ohio, USA March 27, 2013 Kelly Young Gunshot Baltimore, Maryland, USA April 3, 2013 Ashley Sinclair Gunshot in the head. Orlando, Florida, USA April 11, 2013 Angel Francisco Martinez Gonzalez beaten and shot in the head Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico April 11, 2013 Rosa Fernando Domingues 36 stabbed to death. Knive wounds to left eye, neck, and shoulder São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil May 11, 2013 unidentified woman bullet to head and leg Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil May 11, 2013 Jorge Luciano Soares De Oliveira 38 blow to the head Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil May 12, 2013 Fábio da Conceição Machado 26 stoning Mumbuca, Mateiros, Tocantins, Brazil May 15, 2013 Ronald Feitosa Souza 26 beaten to death, severe head injuries Mato Grosso, Brazil May 23, 2013 Fatima Woods 53 stabbed twice in the torso Rochester, New York, USA May 30, 2013 Unidentified child 13 hanging Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil June 8, 2013 Otávio Nascimento Valadares 20 Gunshot wound to the head Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil June 12, 2013 unidentified woman Gunshot wound to the head Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil June 25, 2013 unidentified woman found floating in a gully underneath a bridge Houston, Texas, USA July 7, 2013 Dora Oezer 24 Stabbed to death Kuşadası, Turkey July 9, 2013 Jock Maurice McKinney (aka Valarie) a single gunshot wound to the lower body Shreveport,Louisiana, USA July 12, 2013 Diamond Williams 31 dismembered, and body parts thrown in a field. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 14, 2013 Natália Sotero 20 gunshots Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil July 17, 2013 Rafael da Silva Tavares 21 6 gunshots Baixada Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 19, 2013 Dwayne Jones 16 beaten, stabbed, shot & run over by a car. Montego Bay, Jamaica July 22, 2013 Mylene blugeoned to death with a hammer Limoges, France July 24, 2013 Gaye strangulation Istanbul, Turkey July 29, 2013 Valeria 30 Beaten to death with sticks Conceição do Lago-Açu, Maranhão, Brazil August 1, 2013 Unknown woman stoned, skull crushed Téofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil August 11, 2013 Islan Nettles 21 blunt force trauma Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA August 17, 2013 Joales dos Santos 22 gunshot at close range to left breast Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil August 18, 2013 Domonique Newburn multiple stab wounds Fontana, California, USA August 20, 2013 Wagner Paula Rodrigues 42 stoning Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil August 24, 2013 Unidentified woman Severe head injuries, body thrown under a truck Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil August 28, 2013 Artegus Konyale Madden 34 Gunshot wound to the neck Savannah, Texas, USA September 1, 2013 Terry Golston 50 Gunshot Shreveport,Louisiana, USA September 6, 2013 Melony Smith 28 beaten to death Baldwin Park, California, USA September 9, 2013 “Maiara” Castro Da Silva 23 unknown, body dumped, in advanced state of decomposition Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil September 10, 2013 Unknown woman 18 gunshot Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil September 11, 2013 Hilary Molina Mendiola 35 thrown naked from a bridge Mexico City, Mexico September 22, 2013 unidentified woman 19 four gunshot wounds Santa Rita, Paraíba, Brazil September 24, 2013 Eyricka Morgan 26 stabbing New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA September 24, 2013 Brunete Nascimento Chagas 22 head trauma, beaten to death with sticks Marituba, Pará, Brazil October 6, 2013 Natascha 27 Gunshot wound Várzea Grande, Mato Grosso, Brazil October 10, 2013 S. Athiswaran 31 Multiple stab wounds, hands and legs were tied with a string, face was also covered with plastic Bagan Ajam, Penang, Malaysia October 13, 2013 unidentified woman strangled, body dumped in a pasture Sertanópolis, Paraná, Brazil October 14, 2013 unidentified woman stabbed in the neck Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil October 18, 2913 unidentified woman Gunshot wound Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. October 23, 2013 unidentified woman Gunshot wound to the head and chest Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil October 25, 2013 Amari White 22 multiple gunshot wounds Richmond, Virginia, USA November 9, 2013