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Honoring TDOR from Missouri in the Year of Ferguson

Reimi Carter is a 14-year-old student in Clayton, MO and a youth leader with the Missouri GSA Network.

As a person of color who also identifies as trans, I believe that the issues with Ferguson, police brutality, and Transgender Day of Remembrance are very connected. Many people of color are killed or are victims of violence in Ferguson. A way that we can connect this is the fact that trans people, and especially trans people of color, are killed on the street just for being trans. They are also more than victims of violence, but victims of sexual violence, and just like in Ferguson, they don't really get justice. Just as the police have a negative relationship with people of color in Ferguson, this is true between police and transgender people all around the world. There are many times when trans people are harassed by police and this is very true of trans people of color especially. The fact that people in Missouri are attacked by police just because they’re people of color makes it even worse for people there who are trans because they are so looked down on and shamed in our society.

I believe that efforts to organize against police violence can be even more successful if we recognize the experiences of trans people of color. We need to protest against the violence against not only people of color but against trans people of color, as well, and include them to have an even stronger voice. This Transgender Day of Remembrance, I think it’s important for GSAs and the protesters organizing against police violence to connect the criminalization of youth of color to the violence experienced by transgender people.

 

*Picture: Reimi, left, with Janet Mock and MO GSA Network leaders

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