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By Serena Lee, 17, Staff Writer

November 19, 2021

November 20: The day 22 years ago, the first transgender day was commemorated in memory of Rita Hessler, a black transgender woman who was murdered on November 28, 1998 in her apartment. To draw attention to the issues facing transboundary violence and transgender people, while highlighting the ongoing fight for the transcendence of the trans community.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, attacks on eunuchs or gender-neutral individuals have been at an all-time high this year, with at least 47 people killed. The victims are disproportionately colored trans women, with black and Latin transgender women particularly at risk. It is important to respect victims of counter-violence, and to recognize and remember the experiences of transgender people, past and present.

How can we convince transgender and gender-neutral people?

In honor of this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, I asked transgender and gender-neutral teenagers who influenced them, influenced their journey and made them feel represented. Here is a list of the ones he mentioned.

Sylvia Rivera And Marsha P. Johnson: Two transgender women and trans rights activists involved in the 1969 Stonewall riots.
“It’s important to remember that the biggest homosexual movement was started by black and Latina trans women who rose up against police and institutional power,” says Moxwan, 18, of NJ.

beckettls: A content creator who creates TikTok and YouTube videos about LBGTQ + topics.
Nathan, a 17-year-old from CA, says: “I found Beckett’s profile at a time when I didn’t think I was inquiring yet, and the information he shared helped me to feel better now. “

ND Stevenson: An American cartoonist and creator of Netflix Princesses of Shira and PowerWhich has recently emerged as transmasculine.
“While [She-Ra and the Princesses of Power] It’s a children’s show, it highlights self-awareness and self-confidence, “says Evelyn, 17, of NJ.

Candy darling: 1960s trans icon and actress who worked with artist Andy Warhol.
“I got it from Velvet Underground’s Candy Seas, which has become one of my favorite songs,” says Moxwan, 18, of NJ.

Mars Wright: A trans artist and activist who promotes the “beauty of harm and the power of radical honesty” through his artwork and social media presence.
Mars helped because its whole thing is ‘transcendental resistance’. So now I don’t care if people realize I’m trans, I’ll just do what I want, “says Nathan, 17, of CA.

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