Today Apicha CHC honored Transgender Day of Remembrance in a powerful ceremony commemorating the lives that have been taken from us far too soon.
Please take a moment this Sunday, November 20th, the official day of Transgender Day of Remembrance to hold in the light the lives that have been lost at the hands of anti-trans violence and hatred.
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice."
From 1998 to 2016
On November 28th, 1998, Rita Hester was murdered. Ms. Hester was a really vibrant and fierce Black trans woman. She was a pillar of power in the Boston LGBTQ+ community.
The loss of Ms. Hester moved Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman and long-time activist, to start a web project "Remembering Our Dead" and what followed was a San Francisco Candlelight Vigil in 1999. Since then, Transgender Day of Remembrance has been taken as an opportunity to say the names of those who were murdered in the name of anti-trans violence, honor their lives and continue the fight against these atrocities.
In 2015, there were 21 transgender people, mostly transgender women of color, that were murdered at the hands of extreme violence and hate. In 2016, we have already lost the lives of at least 21 transgender people to acts of violence, most of whom are transgender women of color.
It can't be ignored. So many lives have been lost at the hands of violence and hate. This violence and hatred is encouraged every day by anti-trans rhetoric, denying people their rights to live in the body, spirit, heart, and mind that is the most honest reflection of who they are. It is devastating.
How are safe environments like Apicha CHC crucial for the Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Community?
Since 2011, Apicha CHC has been serving transgender and gender non-conforming patients who come mainly seeking comprehensive primary care and support in our NYC Medical Clinic. The Trans Health Clinic has evolved through the years to not only provide the community much needed medical services but also a welcoming environment where people can be themselves without fear of violence, shame, and discrimination. This fact has made our premises not only a safe place to be healthier physically but also mentally and emotionally.
We as a staff show a caring spirit and embrace understanding to peoples gender identity and expression. And, we have participated in bringing the community to a public space, reviving the hope many have lost in the hands of bullying and violence.
However, as we continue our mission and still face bigger challenges with a positive attitude, we are still witnessing precious lives vanishing in the shadows of despair, cyber-attacks, bullying, domestic violence, and intolerant aggressive behavior year after year.
We must honor the lives lost and fight tirelessly to protect the precious lives of the transgender and gender non-conforming people that light up this world.
What Apicha Community Health Center Can Do for You:
Apicha Community Health Center’s Transgender Health Clinic does everything it can to overcome these barriers. We are committed to providing whole person Primary Medical Care to address the distinct needs of transgender and gender non-conforming, gender variant and genderqueer individuals.
Our Transgender Health services include:
Personalized Primary Care
Routine Check-Up and Immunizations
Initiation and Maintenance of Hormone Therapy
Short-Term Mental Health Services
If you're interested in getting complete, competent medical care, click here to request an appointment at Apicha Community Health Center today.