The powerful words of Transgender Rights Activist Malaysia Walker is a sobering reality to what our trans brothers and sisters go through on a daily basis just so they can live in their truth.
Walker sits down with Channel 4 News and speaks from the soul as a transgender woman and her experiences living in Mississippi. Unfortunately, those experiences aren’t just Walker’s nor are they just experiences of transgenders living in Mississippi.
The unfair actions that Walker speaks of in this humbling interview are experiences that transgender men and women experience throughout the United States and the world. And what makes it worse, is that these unjust experiences are just the tip of the iceberg for the transgender community at large.
Unfortunately, countless of our trans family are not just alienated from society but are even abused, killed and discarded without even a blink of an eye, especially our trans sisters of color. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) communicated in one article that at least 28 deaths of transgender people occurred in the United States due to fatal violence in 2017.
Unfortunately, 2018 isn’t showing any signs of improvement as a significant number of transgender deaths have already taken place in the first half of the year. That means as a community we need to do better by our trans brothers and sisters. We need to let them know that we stand beside them as their beloved family, as they stood for us in the very beginning of the LGBT rights movement.
Our community tends to relish our trans sisters when they are performing on stage or in pageants and now when we see them voguing in balls as the gay subculture affair as gain popularity. But we can’t just support their talents, we must support them in their fight for equality, for justice and for overall peace in their everyday lives. That means we must be willing to shoulder their burden and stand with them on the front lines until society gains more respect and equal justice is afforded to them.