Every year on Nov. 20, we gather to honor and remember those lost to hate crimes due to their gender identity at the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
In 2010, when the name Roy Jones was read, and it was announced that he was only 17 months old, the tears started pouring down my face uncontrollably. Through my tears I saw the look of shock and horror on people’s faces.
Roy was killed by his mother’s boyfriend for acting too much like a girl. I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 months old, I was acting like a 17-month-old … playing with toys and learning to talk.