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2014 Trans Day of Rememberance

November 20, 2014, marks, the 16th International Transgender Day of Remembrance. According to their website, “The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.” Originally, the day was established to honor Rita Hester, who was murdered on November 28, 1998. Today, hundreds of thousands of people around the world honor the day.

Advocates for Youth would like to observe this day by honoring the lives of transgender young people that have died because of anti-transgender violence. According to the Transrespect Versus Transphobia Worldwide (TVT) project, there have been 226 cases of reported killings of trans people around the world within the last 12 months. Of those, approximately 20% were under the age of 25. Below is a list of young people around the world that have died because of anti-trans violence. Join us as we remember and honor their lives. #TDOR

2014 Election Recap: The Good, the Bad, and the Hideously Ugly

by Abbey Marr, Reproductive Justice Fellow

No doubt about it, last Tuesday’s results were tough to take. We’re painfully aware of the ways that the 114th Congress can have a serious impact on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. But, there were some silver linings to remember as we look at what is to come. Here’s what went down this week:

The Good:

  • Most ballot measures were positive on issues important to young people: Voters approved extensive background checks for gun purchases in Washington, an equal rights amendment in Oregon, the reduction of some criminal penalties in California, paid sick leave mandates in Massachusetts and several New Jersey towns, marijuana decriminalization in Oregon, Alaska, Guam, and DC, and minimum wage raises in South Dakota, Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, Illinois, San Francisco and Oakland, and they soundly rejected personhood amendments in North Dakota and Colorado.
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen – a champion on sexual health issues who has sponsored key legislation on abortion access and birth control – ran a successful campaign with a reproductive rights platform, making Scott Brown the first man to be defeated in a Senate race by two women in two different states.
  • Many of our progressive champions in the House were re-elected. To brighten your day, check out this interview with one of our sex ed champions, Barbara Lee, on the Colbert Report (skip to 6:24 where they talk about comprehensive sex ed!).
  • At the state level, Tom Wolf defeated Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who had an abysmal record on reproductive health issues.

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