TDoR 2015: Memorial List of 27 Reported Deaths By Suicide

TDoR Feature

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an internationally recognized day to memorialize those who were murdered as a result of transphobia; a range of antagonistic attitudes and feelings against transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and agender people.

Most TDoR memorial lists omit the names of those who died by suicide. However, while the ways in which they died differ from those who were murdered, I am strongly of the opinion that transphobic violence is also behind the deaths by suicide of most trans people. Think about it. Willful misgendering, rejection from family and friends, forced conversion therapy, harassment and assault, employment and housing discrimination, prejudiced abuse and bullying, stigmatization and vilification, victim blaming; all are forms of violence and oppression experienced by trans people throughout their lives.

And what is the underlying issue behind these acts of discrimination, neglect, harassment, abuse, invalidation, and violence; which are often cited as the leading causes of deaths by suicide among trans people?

Transphobia.

[Check out “The Truth About Transgender Suicide” by Brynn Tannehill at Huffington Post and “Stats on Transgender Discrimination, Violence, and Suicide” by Lexie Cannes at Lexie Cannes State of Trans]

This year alone, transphobia directly contributed to the deaths by suicide of at least 27 individuals. They are:

NOTE: This list is by NO means exhaustive. At all. Tracking the deaths by suicide of trans people is incredibly difficult as the vast majority simply go unreported. Further, even if a death is reported on by news media, or an obituary is written, countless trans people are misgendered by friends, family, peers, communities, police, and reporters; which makes it impossible to truly ever know how many trans people are lost to suicide every year.

For those of you planning to memorialize the deaths by suicide from previous years as well, I have included a few of the reports that I have managed to track down through search engines, as well as with the help of individuals sending me information. They are:

If there are absolutely any names missing from these lists, or, if you can confirm any incomplete information above, PLEASE contact me at any time via email at nillinnow@gmail.com.

To speak with counselors who have experience in dealing with a wide range of transgender issues, please contact the Trans Lifeline at (877) 565-8860, in the U.S., or (877) 330-6366, in Canada. 

Nillin Dennison

Nillin is the owner and operator of Derby Frontier, a blog focused on the culture, community, and gender politics of flat track roller derby; which recently won 2nd Place in the LGBT category and 3rd Place in the Sports & Recreation category of the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards.
Outside of blogging, Nillin is passionately involved with trans activism across southern Saskatchewan, Canada. They are currently residing in Moose Jaw where they serve as Gender Diversity Representative on the board of directors for Moose Jaw Pride, chairperson of the Moose Jaw Trans Awareness Committee, and they regularly provide gender and sexual diversity presentations to the community.

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2 Responses to TDoR 2015: Memorial List of 27 Reported Deaths By Suicide

  1. Rieyszen Williams July 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Wow this is really sad to hear all about these transgender boys,girls,women,and men committing suicide.

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