Content Notice: This article discusses suicide and the 2016 US presidential election.
Once again, Transgender Day of Remembrance has passed, and I am faced with the fact that at least one of my friends has committed suicide every year since I first became involved with the transgender community nearly four years ago.
We never really get the chance to properly mourn our losses, because they just keep coming one after another with no hesitation between them.
As is the case every year, there were periods over the past year where I became uncomfortably close to being part of that group.
This year is worse than normal.
People are literally killing themselves to avoid the repercussions of what the President-elect is promising, and the negative things he has already accomplished. And, as every time the trans community has been in danger, the only ones who consistently stand by us are other marginalized groups.
The country is going to be led by someone who has consistently actively encouraged violence against marginalized groups, with the Vice President-elect being just as bad. They’re fucking talking about putting people in internment camps. The VP-elect advocates for conversion therapy.
I’m drawn back to this quote from my article about Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015:
When the only ones who reliably stay beside us are others who are similarly targeted, it is unsurprising that our progress moves slowly and is paid for with the lives and safety of those who are most vulnerable. Often, this is trans women of color.
Likewise, when the only ones who reliably stay beside us are others who are similarly targeted, it is also unsurprising that progress can regress so quickly.
I am very afraid right now, and so are a lot of other people. Please do your best to take care of and stand by each other.