It's International Trans Day of Remembrance tomorrow.
(Incidentally, I'm trying to black out this blog for that very reason). Embarrassingly, the top part just will not comply. Can somebody tell me how to do it?)
The list of names for this year:
Gabriela Alejandra Albornoz
Simmie Williams Jr.
Juan Carlos Aucalle Coronel
Jaylynn L. Namauu
Samantha Rangel Brandau
Ali ? and two other women, names unknown
I didn't want to talk about "cause of death" and "age at death" in this post. These people, mainly young women from ethnic minorities, were not born to be murdered. They had personalities, friends, families, interests and passions.
I could link to the few cases in which we have information about one of these people as an individual, but it's always an addendum in a piece about their deaths.
So, all we have is their names. In the cases of most such victims, we don't have even those.
Sometimes, I fantasise that I could be allowed near these people's killers, with a weapon. Any weapon. The murderer of Kellie Telsford is walking free around London...
But the answer doesn't lie that way.