A Transgender person is being murdered every 29 hours. Can you stop killing us for just one week?

Another trans woman was murdered before I could publish. R.I.P. Sumaya Ysl

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The Last Week of February is Worldwide Don’t Kill a Trans Woman Week. Photo Cooper Holland, event creator

A trans woman is slain every 29 hours yet we make up less than 1% of the world’s population. TransGendercide is taking place. Certain segments of society have declared war on us and we are dying at a rate that endangers the existence of our very community.

Almost every day of 2015, the transgender community worldwide wakes to news of yet another trans woman slain. It’s become nearly unbearable for everyone and has taken a severe toll on transgender journalists.

It has gotten so bad some publishers like myself have deferred from reporting each and every murder and suicide. Doing so wasn’t a choice it was self-preservation. Crying and mourning every day is just too much to bare.

The deaths in January of 2015 as recorded by Eduarda Alice Santos “Memórias 2015” Álbum dedicado áquel@s que nos deixaram. Algumas fotos mais realistas foram censuradas pelo Facebook.
This album is dedicated to those who are no longer amongst us. Some photos were censored by Facebook.

In response to this ongoing tragedy, a group of transgender people are sponsoring an event asking if the world could go one week, this week, without killing one transgender person?

The Last Week of February is Worldwide Don’t Kill a Trans Woman Week

“Can we just not kill any trans women or trans feminine people for one week this year? This is the one-week, Don’t Kill a Trans Woman Challenge! By joining this event, you agree to not kill any trans women or trans feminine AMAB (assigned male at birth) people for the entire week?”

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Tragically the event creators deleted the facebook page after they were overwhelmed with hateful comments.

Most were murdered, but doubly tragic, some were teens and young adults who couldn’t stand the hate any longer and committed suicide. I hold the world accountable for extinguishing each of these bright stars. I especially hold the Southern Baptists, and Pope Francis responsible for creating intolerable conditions that can only be described as genocide.

But in order to make our lives mean something we as a community must become proactive. We must not put ourselves in harms way. Drugs kill us. Prostitution kills us.

Please find it in your heart not to murder a transgender person today

*Updated 2/28/15
Facebook page asking the world not to murder trans people deleted due to vitriolic comments.
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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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