On November 20, Sex Workers Outreach Project joined trans communities in recognizing Trans Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance began in 1998 in Boston, as the trans community mobilized around the murder of activist and advocate Rita Hestler. The vigils and speakouts held around the country are a moving and stark reminder that for millions of transgender people worldwide, the fight for survival continues.
This year, 12 of 41 sex workers murdered in the United States were trans women (29% of sex worker homicides), and 11 were trans women of color. This is a continuation of trends identified in 2012 Anti Violence Project (AVP) Report which found that 50% of GLBT homicide victims were trans women of color, and 23% homicides were connected to sex work. On this day, we stand in solidarity with trans communities and recognize that violence against trans women, especially trans (more…)