This post was written by ASA’s Foundations of Counseling and Testing Program Coordinator and the Vice-Chair of TENT (Transgender Education Network of Texas)

Transgender Day of RemembranceToday, November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance and serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, which are often under-reported in traditional media. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends, and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

Our voices must speak out against the injustice for those who have lost their lives. More must be done to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators, and we must make sure that everyone has a chance to live their life as they wish; free of injustice and harm.

That voice begins with all us. It takes an army to win a battle. We must get involved by having a presence and supporting others. We must keep shouting and advocating for justice and equality until the hate stops. We must keep fighting back. We must remember that these persons being killed are our brothers and sisters and don’t deserve to die because of who they are or how they present.

The Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) is honored to host Austin’s annual vigil commemorating the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. on the steps of Austin City Hall.

Join me in solidarity as we remember.