HUNTINGTON, NY – The Green Party of Suffolk continues its support of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is a worldwide event held every November to raise awareness about discrimination, violence, and murder directed against transgender (living as or expressing a gender other than the one expected at birth), intersex (biologically in-between or outside male and female), and gender-nonconforming (acting in any way contrary to gender stereotypes) people, to commemorate the lives of transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people around the world who have been killed due to this kind of discrimination and violence within the past year, making a more safe, understanding, and accepting world.Read more
The Lavender (LGBTQIA+) Caucus is asking for your support by attending or participating in The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which is commerated yearly on November 20.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
TDOR vigils are often community based and organized by local organizations. By attending a vigil you can help:
- Raise awareness about discrimination, violence, and murder directed against transgender (living as or expressing a gender other than the one expected at birth), intersex (biologically in-between or outside male and female), and gender-nonconforming (acting in any way contrary to gender stereotypes) people.
- Commemorate the lives of transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people around the world who've been killed due to this kind of discrimination and violence within the past year.
- Show the solidarity of transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people as well as friends and supporters.
- Make a safer, more understanding and accepting world for people of all genders.
While anyone who does not fit rigid gender stereotypes may be targeted for this kind of violence, the trends in reported attacks and murders on transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people show the intersectionality of oppressions. Transgender Women Of Color, also known as TWOC, are disproportionately targeted and murdered, including TWOC who live in economically disadvantaged areas, showing the connections between transphobia (hate directed against transgender people), misogyny (hatred of women) and trans misogyny (hatred against transgender women), racism and economic discrimination/oppression.
The Green Party believes in the inherent basic right of all people to identify as being the gender they know themselves to be and the right to express themselves freely and with dignity and safety, without having to fear being discriminated against, attacked or murdered. We oppose violence of any form, and especially violence directed against people expressing their gender.
As TDOR fits with the Green Party pillars of Social Justice and Non-Violence and our work as a Caucus to advocate for the dignity, rights and safety of people of all genders, we of the Lavender LGBTIQA+ Caucus are asking the entire Green Party to support TDOR and events being held to commemorate TDOR.
For more information about TDOR here are some websites for further reading:
Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial List:
Transgender Law Center:
GLADD Transgender Memoria:
National Transgender Equality Center:
TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project:
Lavender Green Caucus
November 20, 2019
Today, June 28, 2019, is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising that sparked the militant gay liberation movement and was the seed of PRIDE festivals and widespread advocacy for LGBTQIA rights. Today, we commemorate Stonewall and commit to continuing to work for equal rights for all. The Howie Hawkins 2020 campaign stands in solidarity with people seeking equal justice under law and for a society that is accepting and welcoming of the entire spectrum of human gender and sexuality. We oppose prejudice on any front including toward that continuum of sexuality, which our culture is only beginning to understand.Read more
When I joined the Army over 27 years ago, I was asked three times if I had sex with a partner of the same sex. I was asked twice if I used illegal drugs. This was the first evidence I saw of structural prejudice towards the LGBTQ+ community.
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This has been a horrendous week of hate: Beginning with the Administration’s efforts to persecute and threaten the lives of millions of transgender people through a change in the official definition of gender, and ending with the unspeakable, anti-semitic tragedy in Pittsburgh.
Green Party of Pennsylvania members extend our deepest sympathies and offer our support to the victims of these acts of violence. These unspeakable anti-semitic, cissexist, bigoted attacks are a tragic indignity to our American values. We stand in solidarity with the Tree of Life Synagogue, the trans community, and the victims of these horrific hate crimes.Read more
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Also, please join us for the Green Party of Brooklyn regular Thursday night campaign meeting this week on Thursday September 27th at 7:00 pm at 31 Smith Street in Brooklyn.
Greens are leading the way on critical policies like strong local schools, municipal utilities, public banks, support for small businesses and worker cooperatives. We're calling for millions of jobs to achieve 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, Medicare For All, and requiring the wealthy few to pay their share of taxes.
We support Green campaigns at every level. Plus we also help them with campaign infrastructure: training their volunteers, providing technical support, leading campaign schools... the list is endless. We have hundreds of Greens all over the country working hard on their campaigns and they are counting on the support of people like you!Read more
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"In May, Michigan's Civil Rights Commission ruled that discrimination because of sex, which is prohibited by the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation," Kurland said. "The Attorney General does not have the authority to determine what the law is. His job is to enforce the law."Read more