Posted by: kyrgyzlabrys | November 21, 2007

Labrys lights candles on Transgender Remembrance Day

Candles

As the whole world commemorates the memory of transgendered persons dying violent deaths, the small community of Kyrgyz LGBT people joined its voice to the chorus of those who remember – today in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Even though our numbers were few, we held our ground together and paid a tribute to our brothers and sisters, who were brutally murdered just because they were not “like everyone else”. With candles in our hands and helium balloons fluttering just above our heads, we stood in the centre of the city on the Ala-Too square. Beside us there was the Statue of Liberty and the Government House – symbolic of freedoms that we all are entitled to and necessary (but sometimes far too overbearing) limitations on some of them. As we stood there, we kept in our minds everything we knew and everything we did not about the day and the atrocities that caused it. The paper scraps in our pockets, and hands, and on the stands nearby held the stories of transgendered people from all over the world. Some of them were as young as 20 years old, simply being themselves and not what the society told them to be. They were killed for their courage and willingness to stand up for themselves – we remember this. No one is forgotten. Not Tyra Henderson and Brendon Teena. Not Ronnie Paris Jr and Tony “Delicious” Green. Not Leandro Bispo Estavao and Terrianne Summers. Not Loni Okaruru and Gary “Brazon” McMurty. We remember everyone and we will work to never let this happen again. 20 November. Transgender Remembrance Day. The memory will always be there. More about the transgender situation in Kyrgyzstan, please, read our report on GenderStan blog  . In the coming days we will also post a video of the candle vigil we held today in memory of those who were murdered for being who they are.

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