Gwen Amber Rose Araujo
(February 24, 1985 - October 4, 2002)
Ladies and Gentlemen, bois and grrrls, today on The Transgender Day of Remembrance we have in one corner the mighty blue and gold team of HRC gearing up for battle while in the other we have the red-faced angry team of activists and the "Joe Must Go Coalition", calling for the resignation of HRC's leader, Joe Solmonese.
Ladies and gentlemen, when this match is over we may face an environment unlike anything we've ever seen before! There may be torn and tattered rainbow flags, car bumpers missing familiar yellow equal sign stickers, discarded wigs or sequined gowns thrown in the streets. For this, ladies and gentlemen, is the Transgender Day of Remembrance!
Ladies and gentlemen, you may be asking yourselves, "Where in all of this are the transgender of whom this fight is all about?"
Well... they're dead. And on this day, we're supposed to be remembering them. This is a day put into history to remind all of us battling for civil and equal rights that people have died; they were murdered, assaulted, harassed, denied and ostracized all because they wanted to be something or someone they felt was themselves.
Instead, you have two sides screaming at one another and using this day as an excuse to fight, promote their agenda and oust those who they feel have wronged them. This fight will all take place on the very ground on which the transgender we are supposed to be remembering are buried.
It seems to me the ones who will lose out on this are the very trans people that this day is supposed to be about. They'll end up like a baby forgotten in the crib while two parents scream at one another as they fight over a divorce.
Now when that bell rings, rip each other to shreds. Ready? 3-2-1 ding!