WHEREAS, a central tenant of United States law is the principle of non-discrimination and equal protection under the law as human rights; and
WHEREAS, members of the transgender community face historical and ongoing discrimination based on their gender identity, causing untallied human tragedy, loss of life, psychological damage, and abuse; and
WHEREAS, transphobic violence is seen in all ages, in all walks of life, in all countries, in all communities, and effects not only the trans* community, but those who are perceived to be trans*, especially impoverished women of color; and
WHEREAS, the numbers impacted by trans* violence and medical neglect are estimated to be in the hundreds each year, but because of false and under-reporting of gender identity statistics, we may never know exactly the number of lives lost as a result of hatred, bigotry and transphobia; and
WHEREAS, internationally, trans* rights organizations have marked November 20 each year as International Transgender Day of Remembrance (ITDOR) to remember those who have lost their lives to violence and medical neglect all due to their gender identity or perceived gender identity; and
WHEREAS, members of the non-profit organization Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah have sponsored ITDOR in Utah since 2003, and encouraged the community to support trans* citizens by attending the candlelight vigil, memorial and program; and
WHEREAS, ITDOR is marking it’s 15th anniversary globally; and
WHEREAS, ITDOR is marking it’s 10th anniversary in Utah.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah do proclaim November 20, 2013 as
INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
and encourage residents of Salt Lake City to support the trans* inclusive events of November.
Dated 8 of November, 2013