Reposted from @feminist + @lavernecox: At Least 350 Transgender People Have Been Killed Globally in 2020. According to a data gathered by Transrespect Versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) at least 350 transgender and gender-diverse people were murdered between the beginning of October 2019 and the end of September 2020. The total represents a 6% increase in reported murders from their count in 2019. Brazil recorded the highest number of murders of any country, with 152 trans people killed over the time period tracked. Of the 75 countries tracked in the survey, Mexico and the United States ranked #2 and #3 in the total number of anti-trans homicides, with 57 and 28, respectively. TvT’s analysis shows that 98% of those murdered globally were trans women or transfeminine people. In addition, people of color made up 79% of trans people murdered in the United States. 38% of the murders occurred in the streets, while 22% of the incidents took place in the victim’s home. The average age of those who were killed is 31 years old, with the youngest victim being 15 years old. The numbers are not comprehensive. Via @them @mxdarren_ #transdayofremembrance #tdor
Do these numbers make you sad, angry? Me too. We must DEMAND an end to the epidemic of violence that our friends + neighbors are experiencing. No more.
A few weeks ago, I took my girl Maggie on a little 🐕🚲 adventure that felt like something out of a movie! And because we all deserve a little joy after a helluva year, my pals @bluejaybikes have generously offered to let me GIVE AWAY one of these bikes + the @maddogscarmel sidecar! No strings attached, #notanad, and no crazy rules! Just a little holiday season joy because why not!? If you’ve got a rescue pupper like mine, or even a little human who likes adventure, this thing is a dream ride. Enter to win via the slides in my stories! Let’s get happy 💛💛💛 #bluejaybikes #holidaygiveaway
#ad When I think about the future, I think about a world humming with promise. One that has become a more thoughtful and inclusive place, that innovates in ways we cannot yet imagine because we seek diversity of thought and experience. I think about what legacies we must honor, and what all together new ones we will cultivate. I hope the time will soon come when we can all come together in person to celebrate each other and work together to build a better, brighter tomorrow. I got to talk a little bit about this in a new Something™ Originals documentary with Partizan films about @johnniewalker called The Man Who Walked Around the World. It was created by the wonderfully talented, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Anthony Wonke and is airing on @Discovery today. #JohnnieWalker #TheManWho @something_inc @wearepartizan #proudpartner
My granddad was a @usnavy man. My family has an old photo of him in an album, lean & sinewy, standing on the deck of a ship. He has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth that I imagine he rolled himself. And a half-cocked hint of a grin on his face. I wish I had that album in my hands today. But the image is burned into my brain. I have his tags in a drawer at home. I touch them most days when I leave the house. I’m not sure I’ve ever told anyone that... but I’ve carried his service with me all my life. The idea of it anyway, as he would never talk about it. But the idea that we as a nation would come together for a common good, & fight fascism. That we’d collectively serve for freedom. The weight of that isn’t lost of me, today of all days. The legacy. I often wonder if when my grandad got home he got to kiss a “beautiful broad!” as he liked to say, in a celebration somewhere, like this photo. Or was it quiet? If she existed, who was she? How long did she wait? What weight did she carry alone? Did she work a factory line? Did she want to go too? I think about the women who built our airplanes & ships & fought for generations to pilot them. The women who are out there on the frontlines now too. I think about the families that are still so far apart, as one half serves the country. I think about the families I’ve met on tours with @theuso around the world, whose children grow up on bases. The wounded warriors I’ve met in hospital when they’ve come home injured. While it’s doubtless that war is awful and we should push our common evolution and learning to eradicate it on this earth — for all people — service is something I deeply admire and cherish. Democracy wouldn’t exist without it. Equity would be an idea, rather than a destination on the horizon, without it. It comes at a cost no doubt. And I am deeply grateful for those who choose it. Each time I’d witness the reunion of a military family in the arrivals gate at the Wilmington, NC a airport I’d get choked up. Even now, just thinking about them, I do. Near or far, please know that there are so many of us sending you love today. Thank you all for your service. And I miss you, Pops. ♥️ #VeteransDay
The First. Madame Vice President. 244 years into our American experiment, you’ve made history. Today, little girls everywhere see it and know they can be it. I am honored to be alive in this moment, to bear witness.
No matter where you fall on our broad political spectrum, this is a monumental moment for us as a country. What a milestone for us to celebrate! It’s about damn time. #KamalaHarris #BidenHarris2020 #herstory
Proving again that “democracy beats deep in the heart of America.” ♥️🇺🇸 #iamavoter
Anyone else, or just me and @bryanrussellsmith? 👀
And since, as never before in American history, a United States President has run a disinformation campaign on both a pandemic AND our free and fair elections, this feels like an important stat to share. “Voter fraud” is not a thing. 45 has lied about “ballots found in rivers,” (nope, he could not back up this story at all, ever) “ballots in dumpsters” (nope, the photo he tweeted was of ballot envelopes — EMPTY ENVELOPES — in a recycling dumpster AFTER the ballots that were mailed in them were removed and counted in the 2018 midterms but nice try), and claimed that dead people were voting (no. They aren’t. A young woman lost her battle with terminal illness just last week, and had filled out her mail-in ballot in her hospital bed before she died. The state threw away her ballot because she was deceased before Election Day. Her family wept about it on the news, as voting meant so much to her. But those are the rules.) So please keep this receipt from the INCREDIBLY right-wing Heritage Foundation to offer to your belligerent uncle or your internet trolls who keep yelling about conspiracy theories meant to undermine our country. We need to put this argument to bed once and for all. Our elections are incredibly secure (despite Trump + DeJoy’s attempt to destroy the USPS and the Trump campaign’s attempt to sue to stop OUR votes from being counted) and our democracy — which is the cornerstone of our republic — WILL STAND.
Need something productive and loving to do with all of this waiting-on-the-final-count anxiety? Same! Help cure ballots! You can volunteer for this democratic, non-partisan, and very important service that 18 states (blue + red!) offer to voters to ensure their voices are heard. Thanks for the slides @genevievejroth! #CountEveryVote
via @washingtonpost “On Nov. 4, current and former Republican officials, including Chris Christie, Rick Santorum and John Bolton, reacted to President Trump’s false election night.”
This is historic. This is record voter turnout. No matter how long it takes to count each and every vote — which is what we do here! — to ensure the democratic process of our republic, THIS is incredibly meaningful. And it means that years of organizing and activism are working. We have so much more to do, of course. But celebrate the wins along the way. Stay calm. Be good to people. Root into community. And have snacks. I love you guys. I’ll be rereading “most votes of all time” all night. #iamavoter @iamavoter