Transgender Day of Remembrance was marked here in the State of Sandus. The State of Sandus Facebook page was decorated for the day of recognition, which was placed onto the Sandum calendar back in Septembro (September) after Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Transgender Day of Recognition was begun in 1998 after the murder of Rita Hester, an African American transgender woman, in Allston, Massachusetts. Since 1998, Transgender Day of Remembrance has acted as a memorial for trans* people who have perished as a result of transphobia, including acts of violence inflicted upon them by others and acts of suicide.
As the first year commemorating the event, the State of Sandus has actively taken part in the day of recognition by publishing a narrative essay on transgender identity, by decorating the Facebook page for the day, and by holding a discussion on gender identity on the evening of XXII Novembro (22 November). In the evening of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Sôgmô took part in a university Pride Alliance meeting in which a discussion of transgender issues ensued; of these issues, the Sôgmô spoke with others on the importance of a wider discussion of trans* issues and greater efforts for acceptance. Late in the evening of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Sôgmô also took part in a Transgender Day of Remembrance event, in which the Sôgmô showed solidarity with trans* people. As a sign of solidarity, the Sôgmô wore black today as a symbol of mourning and dressed in the colours of the transgender flag.
Sandus is a social progressive micronation which spear-heads transgender issues in the intermicronational and political communities. Of these issues, Sandus stands with trans* groups working for transgender healthcare equality, gender neutral facilities, gender-inclusive housing, and a greater discussion of trans* issues. In the past, as well, the Sôgmô has donated chest binders to female-to-male transgender people and is considering making it a Sandum State policy to donate or subsidise the cost of chest binders for transgender people, whether or not they are citizens; however, to provide for gender equality, the Office of the Sôgmô is researching what the State can subsidise for male gendered people.
With the day past, we Sandum people have renewed our commitment to the trans* and LGBTQ community!
— Sôgmô Sörgel
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