Michelle Balch, chair of the Gender Alliance of the South Sound (GASS) board, responded to the announcement:The State of Washington
WHEREAS, Washington State has a long-standing tradition of upholding the dignity of the individual, supporting legal equality and fair treatment for all citizens, and ensuring that acts of neglect and violence towards any segment of the population will not be tolerated; and
WHEREAS, transgender people, who often are undeservedly maligned and misunderstood, contribute greatly to our state's rich diversity and prosperity; and
WHEREAS, Transgender Day of Remembrance honors those who have died by homicide at the hand of ignorance and prejudice, while attempting to pursue the American dream and equality; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I Christine O. Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2008, asTransgender Day of Remembrance
in Washington State, and I urge all citizens to join me in this special observance, and to work towards eliminating discrimination on all levels and to promote tolerance.
Signed this 10th day of November, 2008
Governor Christine O. Gregoire
I'm proud that our group has been able to elicit such a comprehensive statement of support for the dignity and equality of this states transgender population.Annell Russell, GASS board member and secretary, said:
I am pleased and proud that our governor would take the time and effort to make herself aware of this important issue and stand in solidarity with the transgender community of Washington State denouncing the prejudice and violence, while also remembering those who have been victimized. This type of recognition is a true milestone for the Northwest transgender community.
If you are looking for information regarding a Transgender Day of Remembrance event, please visit http://www.transgenderdor.org.