Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day is observed every year to remember all those murdered because of transphobia and the oppression of trans and gender nonconforming people. This year, it is observed following 23 reported murders of trans people, primarily trans women of color, in the U.S. and countless more around the world. It is observed as trans people continue to face a disproportionate level of violence at the hands of the state and society in general and a disproportionate level of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, lack of access to healthcare, and harassment on the job and off. It is observed following the Trump administration’s move to redefine gender solely on the basis of biological sex, an official act of delegitimization of trans people’s very existence. This is all evidence of a rising tide of transphobia and anti-trans violence that is part of a general rising tide of fascism and attacks on all oppressed and marginalized peoples.
On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, Struggle for a New World extend our solidarity to all our trans siblings and comrades and their struggle. We not only condemn the presence of transphobia within society in general, but especially its presence within our own movement. Transphobia within our movement cannot be tolerated, indeed, to tolerate its presence would be the greatest act of betrayal we could commit. The struggle for trans liberation is an indispensable and inseparable component of the struggle for socialism and the liberation of all the exploited and oppressed. Without socialism, there will be no trans liberation, and without trans liberation there will be no socialism. We call on all comrades to not only speak out against transphobia, but redouble their efforts to unite with trans people in their concrete struggles, and to struggle with them in unity to win their liberation, just as we must unite with all oppressed in struggle for our common liberation.
WORKERS AND OPPRESSED PEOPLES OF THE WORLD, UNITE!