Comic 286 - Transgender Day of Remembrance

20th Nov 2012, 2:06 PM in Special
Transgender Day of Remembrance
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Jocelyn 20th Nov 2012, 2:06 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Today is November 20th. All too little known is that today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It's a day to recognize and reflect on people who were murdered or commit suicide as a result of anti-transgender hate and prejudice. I'm sorry to say that isn't a happy day, but it's an important one, all the same. People are being killed for trying to be themselves. Being a transsexual, I can't help but feel scared. And being a human being, I can't help but feel disgusted. I don't care if you disagree with transgenderism or you think it's wrong, or whatever. We're talking about a simple fact that nobody should be able to deny: murder is murder. It's evil, and it's never justifiable. Period.

This sadly still remains unknown to most people though. The Transgender Day of Remembrance has been observed since 1998, and yet it seems that it is unfortunately not at all widely known or even remembered (alarmingly, even among transgendered people). I'd very much like to see this change. If we remain ignorant, the hate will continue. It will spread. It will get worse.

I'm a little ashamed that I don't have anything a bit more visually impressive to share today (I really wanted to draw something, but it's been a hectic month). Still, if you have a moment, I think it'd be great if everybody did something. Whether it's a comic, picture, photo, story, poem, or even just a blog. Something to share the knowledge of this day. I worry that this effort may not be much, but a small step forward is still a step in the right direction.

Finally, as I say basically every year: I ask you to at least take a moment out of your day to just reflect on this... or if you know someone (besides me) who is transgendered, just give them a hug... or if YOU are transgendered, just be strong and don't be afraid of who you are.
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Julia KaNeko 21st Nov 2012, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
Julia KaNeko
I honestly don't care if you're straight, gay, bisexual, trans... You're human. Both inside and out, no matter what parts you have or preference. I'll treat you how you want to be treated...
People might think it's wrong, saying God made a mistake or no mistakes; that what you're born is how you should be... But maybe what he did was possibly a test to see how things would play out... I don't know.
Thank you for posting this. I may not be transgendered, but I still like to acknowledge this day as an important one. Maybe those who couldn't handle it... Maybe in their next lives, they'll get what they've wished for in the end...
I dunno if what I said made a lot of sense, but I hope yout understand what I'm trying to say.
LauraEss 22nd Nov 2012, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
LauraEss
I'd like this for the TDOR Webcomic Project Archive, please! (see http://tdorarchive.comicdish.com/)
Jocelyn 22nd Nov 2012, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@LauraEss

Absolutely, yes! By all means.
LauraEss 22nd Nov 2012, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
LauraEss
thanks :)
Albireo 20th Dec 2013, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Albireo
To be fair, my reaction totally justifies these posts as I read them. To think, a mere month after I spent awhile trying to get people to understand not everyone operates on the same sexual basis another important date was around...gonna mark that one on next year's calendar while I've got it.

Things like this remind me of how stupid society is while I try to forget in my tiny shelter of me and interwebz people. Sadly, from there I think if anyone was around in my area they'd be too afraid to come out about it. Judgmental small town South in America n' all. Can only hope that by the time I'm an old man aggressive notions towards these subjects will be as stupid as racism is (because I know it will never go away entirely).
Guest 2nd Jul 2015, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
I honestly didn't know about this day until you wrote about it. I believe that people can be who they want to be, if that's what makes them happy.
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