Students Remember Those Lost to Transphobic Violence

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Ariel Sierra – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

Students from around campus came together in The LGBTQ Resource Center on Wednesday evening to remember people who have been lost in the past year due to transphobic violence.

“It’s important to remember folks. Especially underrepresented and marginalized folks, and especially in a community that faces so much violence”, said Joel Dalton, MU Student.

During the event, students read names of those who passed, and some stories about some victims were told. A trend began to occur, many victims lived in Brazil, or The United States. The murders often could not be tried with a hate crime in certain areas, unlike Missouri.

“A lot of these events of violence occur out of fear, and so the first step is to get rid of fear. There is nothing to be afraid of,” said Dakota Botts, President of Triangle Coalition.

According to Transgender Violence Tracking Portal, from January to April of this year 102 people were murdered for being a transgender person.

“We live in a very heteronormative, cisgender society and any deviation from that can be seen as bad by a lot of people,” said Botts.

The night was concluded with a moment of silence for all who were lost.

“I just hope students can take away that trans-folks are real, trans-folks face violence, and the community needs love,” said Dalton.

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