In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, media advocacy group GLAAD spoke with three trans women of color to shed light on the kind of harassment they experience on a daily basis.
The powerful video features Miasha Forbes, a Brooklyn-based activist with the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training; Daniella Carter, recently featured in Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word; and Cecilia Gentili of New York's LGBT-focused APICHA Community Health Center.
Each woman speaks about her own experience facing harassment or discrimination based on her trans status — and all of them express a mixture of fear and concern that they could be the next trans person killed in an act of antitrans prejudice.
Throughout the piece, the activists most clearly state their dedication to bringing an end to the endemic antitrans violence that claimed the lives of more than 200 trans and gender-nonconforming people over the past year.
"To those that are still here, what I would say is, 'Don't get used to this,'" Gentili says. "This is not supposed to happen."
When talking to friends about transgender people, Gentili says she'll often encounter responses that say "'Oh, she was killed,' like it's something normal, like it's something to be expected, like it's OK. That's what we cannot let happen. This is not normal. This is not supposed to happen. Don't get used to violence."
Hear what these fierce women have to say in the video below.