November 20th,  2021 was Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Green Party of the US tweeted in support of the day stating that, “Today, we honour those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence and discrimination”. (https://twitter.com/GreenPartyUS/status/1462168850099687429)

According to their website, the Green Party of the US “supports the right to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”. (https://www.gp.org/transgender) The party’s platform declares that “in keeping with the Green Key Values of diversity, social justice, and feminism”, they support “full legal and political equality” for LGBTQ2IA+ people. (https://www.gp.org/transgender)

Last year (2020), the Green Party U.S website published an article titled “National Green Party Women’s Caucus supports Transgender Day of Remembrance”. The article stated, “TDOR (Transgender Day of Remembrance) is observed in remembrance of people subjected to discrimination, violence and murder directed against transgender, intersex, non-binary, gender-nonconforming people, and anyone who appears to be stepping outside of normative gender stereotypes.” (https://www.gp.org/transgender)

According to the article, “the goal is to raise awareness about discrimination, violence and murder directed against transgender, intersex, non-binary, gender-nonconforming people, and anyone who appears to be stepping outside of normative gender stereotypes with a memorial service to commemorate the lives of people killed each year, and to join in solidarity with transgender, intersex, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people and their friends, allies and supporters.” The article added, “we recognize that anyone who in any way steps outside of stereotypes of gender expression may be at risk.”

On the state level, in Portland, Maine, approximately eight months ago, ‘The Maine Green Independent Party’ came out in opposition of LD 926, “a bill that would exclude transgender women from participating in interscholastic sport in all Maine public schools and universities”. Jake Kulaw, co-chair of The Maine Green Independent Party stated, “this bill violates the Green values of social justice, equal opportunity and respect for diversity.” (https://mainegreens.org/news?start=75)

“This is an attack on the very existence of transgender girls and women,” added Jake Kulaw, based on an article by David Doonan.

Lyn Maravell, also co-chair of the party, said “Maine transgender youth should not be used to advance hatred, fear and bigotry.” (https://mainegreens.org/news?start=75)

“The Green Independent Party stands in solidarity with the transgender community and will not support a bill that is harmful to any person, especially trans youth,” said Maravell. “An injury to one of us is an injury to all of us”, declared Maravell in Doonan’s article.

Furthermore, three months ago, in Hampton Roads in Virginia, there was a calling to “give trans students equal standing with their cis classmates”. The Cheasapeake school board in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area denied to implement a policy, that would protect trans students in Chesapeake Schools.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) stated that at least 44 transgender or gender non-conforming people were “fatally shot or killed by other violent means, the majority of which were Black and Latinx transgender women”. The HRC mentions that they use the words “at least” because “too often these stories go unreported.” ( https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-trans-and-gender-non-conforming-community-in-2020)

Jienelise Hilario

Jien is an experienced writer/journalist, researcher, administrative professional, speaker, and educator. She was born in the Philippines but has enjoyed living in Beautiful British Columbia since 2003. Jien holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, completing the degree in 2018. In addition, she also obtained her Early Childhood Education Assistance License. She is currently working on her full Early Childhood Educator Certificate at Langara College while taking supplementary courses in Journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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