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Hello again.  My name is, among other things, Chris Hughes.  You may remember me from such blog posts as "A Recipe, Because Cooking is Important".  I also identify as transgender, specifically genderqueer. Today, November 20, 2013, happens to have been our Planting Justice staff meeting.  It is also the International Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013.  The trans* community has been celebrating the Day of Remembrance on this date since 1998, making this the fifteenth.  Every year, we gather to remember those of us who have been killed in hate crimes the previous year.  One oft-quoted statistic indicates that 1 in 12 trans* people will be murdered, 1 in 8 if they are also people of color.

To commemorate this day, particularly in the light of the recent hate crime perpetrated against Sasha Fleischman (an 18-year-old agender person whose skirt was set on fire on the Oakland bus while they slept), I asked the Planting Justice staff if I could set up an altar before our meeting.  I also read the names of the dead, inviting them to sit in with our staff.  Pictures of the altar follow.

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Very often, we don't know about trans*phobic hate crimes, as the closet and the media combine their efforts to make us invisible.  Thus, I list the names of the dead, with a prayer to the gods preceding and a prayer to the dead themselves following.  Please, take a moment.  Say their names.  We exist.

 

Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead. Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead. Melek Ta’us, remember the names of the dead. Eris, look at the names of the dead. Antinous, read the names of the dead. Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead. Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead. Azathoth, look at the names of the dead. Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead. Inanna, remember the names of the dead. Baphomet, look at the names of the dead. Avalokitesvara, read the names of the dead. Faro, remember the names of the dead. Tiresias, look at the names of the dead PerAa Hatschepsut, read the names of the dead Heru-Suti, remember the names of the dead. Dionysos, look at the names of the dead Gwydion, read the names of the dead HariHara, remember the names of the dead. Achilleus, look at the names of the dead Gilfaethwy, read the names of the dead Loki, remember the names of the dead.

 

———————————————————————————- Fernanda Queiroz Cause of death: beaten to death, (multiple blows to the head), body burned. Location:  Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil Date of death: November 21st, 2012

———————————————————————————- Yeison Ramirez Acosta (age:22) Cause of death: multiple stab wounds to the face, chest, and abdomen Location:  Avenida Lequerica Velez Magangue, Bolivar, Colombia Date of death: December 2012

———————————————————————————- Dicky Othman Cause of death: hands and legs bound, and her mouth stuffed with a piece of cloth Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Date of death: December 4th, 2012

———————————————————————————- Renato Espinosa Reyes (age:23) Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds Location:  Toluca, Mexico Date of death: December 5, 2012 ———————————————————————————- Gunce Hatun Cause of death: stabbed in the chest Location:  Beylikdüzü, Istanbul,Turkey Date of death: December 12, 2012 ———————————————————————————- Camila Cause of death: beheaded and burned with partner in their home Location:  Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil Date of death: December 24, 2012 ———————————————————————————- Dalvalei José Alves Pereira (age:37) Cause of death: beheaded and burned with trans partner in their home Location:  Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil Date of death: December 24, 2012 ———————————————————————————- Evon Young (age:22 Cause of death: tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster. Location:   Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Date of death: December 24, 2012

———————————————————————————- Nicole Galisteu Cause of death: Gunshot Location:  Santa Cândida, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil Date of death: January 8, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Daniel Mendoza Ricardo Macias (age:23) Cause of death: multiple stab wounds. Location:  Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico Date of death: January 9, 2013 ———————————————————————————- “Tiffany” Wesley Holder (age:19) Cause of death: multiple stab wounds. Location:  Georgetown, Guyana Date of death: January 11, 2013 ———————————————————————————- unknown woman Cause of death: stoned, stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle. Location: Jaboatão Guararapes, Pernambuco, Brazil Date of death: January 24th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Karen Cause of death: multiple stab wounds, beheaded. Location: Zimatlán de Alvarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. Date of death: January 28th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Naomi Estrada (age:19) Cause of death: two gunshots to the head and chest Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Date of death: Feburary 1st, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Palmira Garcia (age:37) Cause of death: partially scalped, signs of torture, laceration to face. Location: Las Marvales, Venezuela Date of death: Feburary 5th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Mônica Lewinski (age:38) Cause of death: gunshot wound to the head Location: Curitiba, Paraná , Brazil Date of death: February 8th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Joelma Cause of death: gunshot Location: Altos, Piauí, Brazil Date of death: February 9th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- unidentified woman Cause of death: seven stab wounds Location: Gravataí, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Date of death: February 24th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- unidentified woman Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil Date of death: February 24th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Stephanie (age:33) Cause of death: Beaten and strangled to death. Location: Embu das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil Date of death: March 3rd, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Adán Amilcar Iglesias (age 20) Cause of death: four gunshot wounds to the head Location: El Carmen, Honduras Date of death: March 4, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Cemia “CeCe” Dove (age:23) Cause of death: multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond. Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Date of death: March 27th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Kelly Young Cause of death: Gunshot Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Date of death: April 3rd, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Ashley Sinclair Cause of death: beaten and shot in the head. Location: Orlando, Florida, USA Date of death: April 11th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Angel Francisco Martinez Gonzalez Cause of death: beaten and shot in the head. Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Date of death: April 11th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Rosa Fernando Domingues (age:36) Cause of death: stabbed to death. Knive wounds to left eye, neck, and shoulder. Location: São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. Date of death: May 11th, 2013

———————————————————————————- unidentified woman Cause of death: bullet to head and leg Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil Date of death: May 11th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Jorge Luciano Soares De Oliveira (age: 38) Cause of death: blow to the head. Location: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Date of death: May 12th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Fábio da Conceição Machado (age: 26) Cause of death: stoning. Location: Mumbuca, Mateiros, Tocantins, Brazil Date of death: May 15th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Ronald Feitosa Souza (age:26) Cause of death: beaten to death, severe head injuries Location: Colniza, Mato Grosso, Brazil Date of death: May 23rd, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Fatima Woods (age:53) Cause of death: stabbed twice in the torso Location:  Rochester, New York Date of death: May 30th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unidentified child (age: 13) Cause of death: hanging Location: Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Date of death: June 8th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Otávio Nascimento Valadares (age: 20) Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head Location: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil Date of death: June 12th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unidentified woman Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head Location: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil Date of death: June 25th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unknown woman Cause of death: Found floating in a gully Location: Houston, Texas Date of death: July 07th, 2013

———————————————————————————- Dora Oezer (age:24) Cause of death: stabbed to death Location: Kuşadası, Turkey Date of death: July 9th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Jock Maurice McKinney (aka Valarie) Cause of death: a single gunshot wound to the lower body. Location: Shreveport,Louisiana Date of death: July 12th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Diamond Williams (age:31) Cause of death: dismembered, and body parts thrown in a field. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Date of death: July 14th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Natália Sotero (age:20) Cause of death: gunshots Location of death: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil Date of death: July 17th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Rafael da Silva Tavares (age:21) Cause of death: six gunshots Location of death: Baixada Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date of death: July 19th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Dwayne Jones (age 16) Cause of death: beaten, stabbed, shot & run over by a car. Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica Date of death: July 22nd, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Mylene (age:42) Cause of death: blugeoned to death with a hammer Location of death: Limoges, France Date of death: July 24th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Gaye Cause of death: strangulation Location: Istanbul, Turkey Date of death: July 29th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Valeria (age:30) Cause of death: Beaten to death with sticks Location of death: Conceição do Lago-Açu, Maranhão, Brazil Date of death: August 1st, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unknown woman Cause of death: Stoning, skull crushed. Location of death: Téofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Date of death: August 11th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Islan Nettles (age:21) Cause of death: blunt force trauma Location: Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Date of death: August 17th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Joales dos Santos (age:22) Cause of death: gunshot at close range to left breast. Location of death: Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil Date of death: August 18, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Domonique Newburn (age:31) Cause of death: multiple stab wounds. Location: Fontana, California, USA Date of death: August 20th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Wagner Paula Rodrigues (age:42) Cause of death: Stoning Location of death: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil Date of death: August 24th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unidentified woman Cause of death: Severe head injuries, body thrown under a truck Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil Date of death: August 28, 2013 ——————————————————————————- Artegus Konyale Madden (age:37) Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the neck Location: Savannah, Texas Date of death: September 1st, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Terry Golston Cause of death: Gunshot Location: Shreveport,Louisiana Date of death: September 6, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Melony Smith (age:28) Cause of death: stabbed twice in the torso Location: Baldwin Park, California Date of death: September 9th, 2013

“Maiara” Castro Da Silva (age:23) Cause of death: unknown, body dumped, in advanced state of decomposition Location:  Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil Date of death: September 9th, 2013 ———————————————————————————-                                                       Unknown woman Cause of death: gunshot Location: Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil Date of death: September 11th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Hilary Molina Mendiola Cause of death: thrown naked from a bridge Location: Mexico City, Mexico Date of death: September 22nd, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unidentified woman Cause of death: 4 gunshot wounds Location: Santa Rita, Paraíba, Brazil Date of death: September 24th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Eyricka Morgan (age:26) Cause of death: stabbing Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. Date of death: September 24th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Brunete Nascimento Chagas (age:22) Cause of death:head trauma, beaten to death with sticks Location: Marituba, Pará, Brazil Date of death: October 06th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Natascha (age:27) Cause of death: Gun shot wound Location: Várzea Grande, Mato Grosso, Brazil Date of death: October 10th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- S. Athiswaran (age:31) Cause of death: Multiple stab wounds, hands and legs were tied with a string, face was also covered with plastic Location: Bagan Ajam, Penang, Malaysia Date of death: October 13, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unknown woman Cause of death: strangled, body dumped in a pasture Location: Sertanópolis, Paraná, Brazil Date of death: October 14th, 2013 ———————————————————————————-

Unknown woman Cause of death: stabbed in the neck Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil Date of death: October 18th, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Unknown woman Cause of death: Gunshot wound Location: Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Date of death: October 23rd, 2013 ———————————————————————————- Amari White Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA Date of death: November 9th, 2013 ———————————————————————————-

Honored and fabulous dead,

we breathe you,

we eat you,

we drink you,

in you, we live,

we move,

we have our being

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