Today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside to remember those who were victims of transphobic violence and murder, and raise awareness of the fact that there are hate crimes based on bias against transgender people. According to Egale.ca, 221 people around the world have lost their lives since last year’s Day of Remembrance. 221. That is unacceptable. There are so many cases where this violence is ignored, and the perpetrators are not brought to justice. Just as unacceptable is the discrimination and misinformation against those who are transgender or gender diverse, and the lack of legislation to protect their rights. Even if it’s not physical violence, hateful words do a lot of harm, not to mention so many other barriers that they face in terms of employment, housing, and medical treatment. I’m also thinking of all those who took their own lives or struggle against suicidal thoughts. I’m lucky to have met some incredibly awesome people who’ve made me more aware of gender identity issues. I want to make sure I can do what I can to be an ally.