Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why Should We Remember?

In 1998, Rita Hester, an African-American transgender woman was stabbed to death in her apartment. Transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Transgender Day of Remembrance in honor of Rita Hester and all the transgender people lost due to bigotry and hatred.

Unfortunately, anti-transgender violence and bias continue to plague our communities. A recent report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that transgender people were four times more likely to live in extreme poverty, had double the rate of unemployment, and experienced homelessness at nearly twice the rate of the general population.

In California, despite it being illegal under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to discriminate against an individual based on their perceived or actual gender identity/expression, many people each day face blatant housing discrimination. The study found that 19% reported being denied housing and 11% reported being evicted solely because of their gender identity and expression. 
 
Be a Trans Ally

The Housing Rights Center champions the rights of the transgender community, and is firmly committed to ensuring equal access to housing for all, regardless of an individual's gender identity and expression.

Join the Housing Rights Center today in honoring the thousands of lives lost due to anti-transgender violence. Together we can make a better tomorrow.

To report housing discrimination, please call the Housing Rights Center at (800) 477-5977 or email info@housingrightscenter.org.
 
For transgender resources and counseling, please call the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline at 1-888-843-4564.