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Thursday, November 20, 2008

From our friends at Garden State Equality





From our friends at Garden State Equality:
"Today, Thursday, November 20, 2008 is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance across the world.

Today we remember our transgender sisters and brothers murdered because of their gender identity or expression. New Jersey is fortunate to have a statewide law that bans discrimination based on gender identity or expression, enacted in 2006; and a hate crimes law that mandates tougher penalties for crimes based gender identity or expression, enacted in 2008.

But there are no corresponding laws in most other U.S. states or at the Federal level, and none in most countries across the world. The absence of such laws is one of the biggest tragedies of our time.

Tonight at 7:30 pm in Princeton, at the Princeton University Chapel, is New Jersey’s annual and deeply moving Transgender Day of Remembrance service, open to all and no RSVP needed.

If you can’t make it tonight, please take a moment to remember these fallen heroes. They are members of the transgender community murdered since last year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance – murdered because of their gender identity or expression. May we achieve a more inclusive, less hateful world to honor the memory of their lives.

Kellie Telesford
Location: Thornton Heath, United Kingdom
Cause of Murder: Strangled after the murderer discovered Kellie was transgender
Date of Murder: November 21, 2007
Brian McGlothin
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Cause of Murder: Shot in the head with an automatic rifle
Date of Murder: December 23, 2007
Gabriela Alejandra Albornoz
Location: Santiago, Chile
Cause of Murder: Attacked and stabbed
Date of Murder: December 28, 2007
Patrick Murphy
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cause of Murder: Shot Several times in the head
Date of Murder: January 8, 2008
Stacy Brown
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Cause of Murder: Shot in the head
Date of Murder: January 8, 2008
Adolphus Simmons
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Cause of Murder: Shot to death
Date of Murder: January 21, 2008
Fedra
Location: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Cause of Murder: Lying face up in a pool of blood
Date of Murder: January 22, 2008

Ashley Sweeney
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Cause of Murder: Shot in the head
Date of Murder: February 4, 2008
Sanesha Stewart
Location: Bronx, New York
Cause of Murder: Stabbed to death
Date of Murder: February 10, 2008
Lawrence King
Location: Oxnard, California
Cause of Murder: Shot to death
Date of Murder: February 12, 2008

Simmie Williams Jr.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cause of Murder: Shot to death, Simmie was found wearing women’s clothing
Date of Murder: February 22, 2008
Luna
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Cause of Murder: Brutally beaten to death and tossed into a dumpster
Date of Murder: March 15, 2008
Lloyd Nixon
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Cause of Murder: Repeatedly beat in the head with a brick
Date of Murder: April 16, 2008
Felicia Melton-Smyth
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cause of Murder: Stabbed to death
Date of Murder: May 26, 2008
Silvana Berisha
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Cause of Murder: Stabbed to death
Date of Murder: June 24, 2008
Ebony Whitaker
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Cause of Murder: Shot to death
Date of Murder: July 1, 2008
Rosa Pazos
Location: Sevilla, Spain
Cause of Murder: Stabbed in the throat
Date of Murder: July 11, 2008
Juan Carlos Aucalle Coronel
Location: Lombardi, Italy
Cause of Murder: Severely beaten and run over by a car
Date of Murder: July 14, 2008
Angie ZapataLocation: Greeley, Colorado
Cause of Murder: Two severe fractures in her skull
Date of Murder: July 17, 2008
J
aylynn L. Namauu
Location: Makiki Honolulu, Hawaii
Cause of Murder: Stabbed to death
Date of Murder: July 17, 2008
Samantha Rangel Brandau
Location: Milan, Italy
Cause of Murder: Beaten, gang raped and stabbed numerous times
Date of Murder: July 29, 2008
Nakhia Williams
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Cause of Murder: Shot near the dumpster next to her home
Date of Murder: August 20, 2008
Ruby Molina
Location: Sacramento, California
Cause of Murder: Drowned, her body was found floating
Date of Murder: September 21, 2008
Aimee Wilcoxson
Location: Aurora, Colorado
Cause of Murder: Found dead in her bed
Date of Murder: November 3, 2008
Duanna Johnson
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Cause of Murder: Shot dead in the middle of the street
Date of Murder: November 9, 2008
Dilek Ince
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Cause of Murder: Shot in the back of the head
Date of Murder: November 11, 2008
Teish Cannon
Location: Syracuse, New York
Cause of Murder: Shot dead
Date of Murder: November 14, 2008
Ali
Location: Iraq
Cause of Murder: Executed for being transgender
Date of Murder: 2008, month unknown"
Editor's Note:
We offer our condolences to all the victims and their families.



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