A number of organizations on Thursday participated in the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which seeks to memorialize transgender individuals who have been killed in hate crimes. The event began in 1999 to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was murdered in her home.
Commemorations for Transgender Day of Remembrance, which was Thursday, should remind us of the virtues of humanity, Dylan Orr writes. Orr, who was the first openly transgender person appointed to a presidential administration, calls on everyone to recognize the roots of violence against transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming people and move forward toward a more open and inclusive society. "I hope that one day we can all share in a world where we not only respect, but truly celebrate the beauty that is the wide variation of the human form, condition, and experience," Orr writes.
The slaying of a transgender woman in Puerto Rico has resulted in advocates pressuring authorities to enforce a 2002 hate-crimes law that includes provisions for crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Since late last year, five cases in which the law could have been used have cropped up, according to Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "The law is very clear, and we're asking authorities to investigate without prejudice," Serrano said.
Victims of workplace bullies often become doubly frustrated when their cries for help are rebuffed. The Workplace Bullying Institute has written a list of 10 experiences that victims may recognize and document to support their complaints.
Transgender citizens in South Florida are steadily gaining safeguards against discrimination as local governments pass laws to protect them. Palm Beach and Broward counties may soon join a list of places with anti-transgender discrimination measures that includes Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Oakland Park.