Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

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Petchary's Blog

It’s late, and there is not much left of November 20 as I write this (at least, not where I am writing from), but I could not close down my computer without recognizing this day, which was established in 1999 to commemorate those transgender persons who have been murdered in the past year (I understand it is well over 200 globally this year). Especially, here in Jamaica, I would like us to remember Dwayne Jones, a gender non-conforming teenager who was murdered (chopped and stabbed to death) by a mob on July 22 this year after party-goers discovered he was wearing women’s clothing. Young Dwayne had aspirations to become an entertainer.

So far as I know, we have had no recent updates on the investigation into Dwayne’s tragic death.

Below is a link to a message from the White House in recognition of the day, which notes: “This…

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