As I was reminded by my dear Kira, today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I’m a little late to the party, but I’m here. Today is designated in the memory of the transgendered men and women, boys and girls, who have been killed over the past year because of ignorance, hatred, and bigotry. I do not know how many were added to the list today. I hope the number was vanishingly small. I hope that next year, this day is meaningless. I do not know these people, who only sought to live the lives they were meant to live, but I remember them.
Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” is more well known, but I think the earlier “I Will Not Forget You” is a more emotional song. The passion and grief are palpable. Paired here with a song from her first album, it forms a fitting tribute to the memory of these lives, and the lives of all transgendered people. Here’s hoping that soon we will live in a world were everyone feels safe enough to come out of the shadows and be counted.