Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

November 17, 2006

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2006

Filed under: Inter/Trans-Sexed,My Community,New Orleans — Tags: , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 3:23 am

On Sunday the 19th, we will be observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance here in New Orleans. Each year Trans communities and our friends around the world gather together to remember those of the community that were killed in the name of transphobia during the previous twelve months. This year we lost 19 of our little tribe to hatred. LIST

These are only the folks we know of… many are killed but never reported. There are also the Trans folk who die by their own hand (about 35% of our folk never make their 40th birthday), and many others die slow deaths caused by prejudice through the mechanisms of illegal firings, being turned down for housing and constant harrassment. There is no list for the latter group, but we remember them just the same.

We and our friends will be meeting at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center (Decatur between Frenchmen & Elysian Fields) at 5:30 PM, and then we will proceed to St. Joan d’Arc’s statue for the reading of the names.

Please come by, join us in our sorrow and our prayers for Society to stop discriminating against Trans people.

UPDATE: was just informed of another murder- 

April 16, 2006- Elk Grove Indiana

Krystal Heskin, 31, was found murdered in a motel room. She had been strangled and beaten on the head with a hammer. She had changed her legal name some five years earlier and had been living in her chosen gender. Her killer is Michael R. Davis, 20, whom she had known for several years. Police do not consider this a crime of hate, but of an arguement taken too far. Davis is awaiting trial.


  1. It’s so sad that some people choose not to live in harmony. I will try to make it there and give my support. Hold your head up high my friend.

    Comment by Donnie McDaniel — November 17, 2006 @ 9:26 am

  2. Hi Morwen :)

    She was killed because, “of an arguement taken too far.” What he couldn’t just walk out or maybe punch a wall? Good grief.

    We’re holding vigils in Boston too. We have one on Monday the 20th in the City of Worcester, 7:30 p.m at All Saints Church, an Episcopal church at the
    corner of Pleasant and Irving streets in Worcester MA.

    On Sunday the 19th, we’ll have Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony from 7-9 PM at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA

    Thanks for your outstanding blog. I’ve learned alot about what’s really happening in New Orleands from you.

    ~*warms hugs for Rememberance Day to you*~


    Comment by Beckiaine — November 18, 2006 @ 1:17 am

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