16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today, WORLD joins the nation in commemorating the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. We can begin by saying the names of those whose deaths have been recorded this year in the United States:

Papi Edwards

Lamia Beard

Ty Underwood

Yazmin Vash Payne

Taja Gabrielle De Jesus

Penny Proud

Kristina Gomez

Reinwald, Keyshia Blige

London Chanel

Mercedes Williamson

India Clarke

K.C. Haggard

Amber Monroe

Shade Shuler

Elisha Walker

Tamara Dominguez

Kiesha Jenkins

Jasmine Collins

Kandis Capri

Ashton O’Hara

Bri Golec

It’s been a year of increased transgender visibility but the reported murders of trans people will be the largest ever. At least 81 transgender people were murdered worldwide this year — and those are just the victims whose deaths were reported. Most, though not all, were women of color. These were women living at the intersections of transphobia, racism, homophobia, sexism, and criminalization. Transgender people are among the groups most affected by the HIV epidemic. In the US, 21.6% of transgender women are living with HIV. Despite accounting for a small proportion of the population, self-identified transgender women have a much higher rate of HIV diagnoses (6.3%) than other risk categories, including men who have sex with men (MSM; 4.2%) or partners of people living with HIV.

On Transgender Day of Remembrance we memorialize those who lost their lives for being themselves and pause to honor those we’ve lost to hate and violence and acknowledge the continued work that needs to be done to protect our fellow sisters and brothers.

Around the world, communities have planned vigils to come together and remember those who have died in the past year. For more information about Transgender Day of Remembrance or to find an event near you, please visit the official website http://tdor.info/2015/10/06/tdor-events-and-locations-2015/.

Update: Nilda Rodriguez’ Recovery

As we mentioned several weeks ago, beloved WORLD activist Nilda Rodriguez was hospitalized as a result of a serious automobile accident. We are happy to report that she is getting better. Although this is great news, we can assist in her recovery by making visits to see her as well as contributing financially to help […]

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WORLD’s Office Is Moving!

Effective starting December 1, 2015, the WORLD office will be in a new location. We’re looking forward to seeing you there once we move! OUR NEW ADDRESS: 389 30th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 Until we move, you can still reach us here: Address: 449 15th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: (510) 986-0340       […]

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Latina Health and Wellness Day: Saturday, November 21

  Latina Health and Wellness Day Join WORLD for FREE food, prizes, music, and family fun as we launch L.O.U.D. (Latina Outreach and Understanding Division). Join us for our first annual community health and wellness day for Latina Women.   Honoring Agripina Alejandres in her new role as a Medical Case Manager at our partner […]

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Nilda Rodriguez Recovery Fund

On September 5th our beloved friend Nilda Rodriguez was in a serious automobile accident and has been hospitalized for over a month. Thankfully she is stable but has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Nilda is one of WORLD’s hardest working HIV activist in the community and she needs our help. During her recovery, Nilda is […]

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WORLD recognizes National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. The 2015 theme is ‘You & I Will Defeat AIDS’ – ‘Tu y Yo Vamos a Derrotar al SIDA’. National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) aims to increase awareness of HIV in the Hispanic/Latino population living in the United States. It is a national community mobilizing and social marketing […]

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