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Transgender day of Remembrance 2012 by Nelekra Transgender day of Remembrance 2012 by Nelekra
"Today as I'm sure you're aware is the 14th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is very personal to me for not only am I trans, but I know quite a few people who've been assaulted for being trans, and I fear it for myself every time I go out. Let's make sure we use the day to raise awareness of those who saw life for its possibilities, but were rewarded with hate and intolerance. Lets spread more love, acceptance, and understanding to help stop the murders of innocent trans people" (and anyone for that matter, it's so sad how many people are murdered annually for being who they really are..)

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:icontotallydeviantlisa:
TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. It's so emotional. :)
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
I'm glad you like it :) thanks for the fav!
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DarthSephina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
We lost another sister to Suicide this year :(, RIP Kaylee 11/19/13 also known on youtube as hopefulkylee. It was a very sad thing for me to learn that she is gone as i have been following her for over a year and she has been very inspirational to me in giving me strength to open up to the world and to be myself.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear that... I hope her loved ones and fans have coped with the loss. It is so sad to see our trans brothers and sisters commit suicide. I hope that her fans and freinds learned a lot from her, I'm sure they did! I'm glad she helped you in so many ways, it's good that her memory is positive, at least for one person, rather than negatively focusing on her death.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
WTF? lol There is a day for trannies now? wow...if you are afraid of being assaulted then learn self defense or carry a weapon, don't be a coward and hide behind your life style, don't be a victim, stand up and be a human being for god sake, spread love by trying to convince people you deserve equal rights, not by crying and acting like children.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
And if you're talking about the quote in the description, I only did it because it was the quote from the pictures owner, and they wanted it in the description ~_~
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
First off, learn the proper nomenclatures, your ignorance is offensive. I actually have taken self defense courses for years and am self taught, as are many trans people. In fact, one of the things that is advocated on TDOR is SELF PROTECTION TO NOT BE A VICTIM! Actually Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to SPREAD AWARENESS OF THE IGNORANCE THAT LEADS TO MURDERS, INEQUALITY, AND THE OPPRESSIVE LAWS! Not a day to cry and act like children. It's hard for my minority to NOT be victimized. TDOR is a day where tons of trans people gather in courts to bring up the deaths, the discrimination, and the hypocritical laws towards trans people, often signing petitions too to change thse! Maybe you should do some research before just going off on a rant with no basis and making yourself look more like a flamer than someone who is trying to be helpful, which I think you are. Though I love how you talk about spreading love and equal rights on a post that is trying to do just that, and with you using an offensive nomenclature. The hypocrisy and ignorance is through the roof...
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
There are African children dying of starvation and aids, people being killed because of their skin color, even their religious beliefs, the world is a dangerous place, for anyone, I could die tomorrow, we should spread awareness of humanity, and love, not for specific groups, but all people, the world is bigger than your problems, we have a lot of problems we need to fix before humanity will ever live in equality.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I agree entirely and never said anything contrary. I was simply talking about the topic you brought up. Of course we should spread HUMAN awareness, not the specific minorities and eccentricities. At the end of the day, we're ALL humans, we're all here together. Why not try to care for our fellow beings? Sad fact is though, very few people in the large scope of things can see that, fewer still do anything about it. Though trying to spread awareness one group at a time, and being an advocate for human rights is one step in the right direction if you ask me.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Why are we groups though? Why can't we just be humans, and individuals? You are not a group, you are not any label, you are just you, or do you consider yourself to be on some sort of a team? lol
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I think because society deems it (and I guess in a sort of mathematical sense too) that it's just easier to group people. Society is more mathematical than I like it to be. Treating individuals number as statistics, it's kind of gross if you ask me.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Society is pretty stupid, that is not even an insult,it is the truth, most people act like zombies, sad to say they have been turned into it, not so much born that way, it is not society doing it, it is a few powerful people in positions of influence creating trends and splitting people into groups, besides that fact, you should not let society dictate your thoughts or perspectives, period, start a revolution, not based off some mindless word used to describe and marginalize people, but being an individual, being yourself, then if people still reject you, you have no regrets because you were honest with yourself, ya know?
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Agreed. I don't, I definitely have my own independent thoughts and feelings.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I don't care if you are American or Chinese, male or female, we all have the right to speak our minds, just as you do, if I want to say "trannies", I will, if it offends you then that is a personal problem, not mine. I don't care what you want to call yourself either, I don't judge you, or anyone for that matter, that is your business, but I'll use whatever nomenclature I want, it's a pathetic need to make everything politically correct because cry babies are so self conscious they need to force the will of others, you can't control anyone, or what they say, nor can anyone control you. You're the one that sounds like a bigot, and as long as you and others act the way you do, no one will except you, ever. I wasn't being hypocritical or ignorant, you should learn the definitions of both of them, I think it is pathetic how some of you people act, hence your behavior, you cry and moan about equal rights, then you act like pompous freaks, and you insult people who don't agree with you, even though we don't disagree on anything, other than your view of what language I should use as not to offend you, you are the hypocrite. I could go on about how your behavior is unnatural, I'm not even religious, it is basic biology, man goes with woman to make babies, that is what mother nature intended, not hybrid man/woman combinations, which you all do to yourselves usually, wearing makeup and women’s clothing doesn't make you a female, but I'm not here to call you out, you're a human being above all of that and you deserve the right to persue happiness without fear, but just because I think that and love everyone, doesn't mean I am going to deny reality.
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Unrequition Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>"We should spread awareness of humanity, and love, not for specific groups, but all people"
>Uses derogatory terms, gets called out on it, claims freedom of speech
So much awareness and love. Totally. Can't even try to change your language just a little bit to try and make others a little more comfortable. Slow clap for you, you totally caring individual.
So do you call black people niggers, then?
It's not about being politically correct, it's about trying to love your fellow human and not make them uncomfortable. It's not hard to do. It just makes you look like a stuck-up asshole that doesn't want to humble himself just a tiny bit so as to not possibly make others upset. 'Just words' can have some pretty bad effects on some people, you know.
To be quite honest, you've made yourself seem like you just pretend to care about equallity and loving everyone for who they are, and you don't actually want to make a real effort to do so.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
To be honest you sound like a fool...wow...I can't believe you said the N word, you are a horrible person.
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Unrequition Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't tell if serious. If so, not sure how to respond to that amount of stupidity.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Obviousy I'm not being serious you bafoon, you act like a fool, and then have the arrogance to still use mindless name calling, a tree is known by it's fruit, yours are rotten aparently. You react like a child on base emotions instead of talking and thinking logically, go away unless you have something real to say.
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Unrequition Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you totally missed the point. That or you know I'm right so you're trying to derail the topic in some effort to 'win'.
Right back at you, btw. I don't feel like talking with someone this arrogant.

ps you spelled buffoon wrong.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Also, I'm not going to get into the difference between sex and gender in regards to the female comment.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Sorry for starting this argument, I guess it was the mood I was in, I tend to type what I think in the moment, I'm just tired of all the bull crap, ya know? We shouldn't even be discussing this issue because you should be able to do what you want if you aren't hurting anyone, ya know?
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I understand entirely. Agreed.
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Chris1Superman Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Again, sorry for insulting you, do you wish you were born female? Or is it kind of just like a fetish?
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I am transgender. Transgender people do not transition as a fetish. That's pretty exclusive to transvestites and crossdressers. That's why trans people (anyone really) have to see and get cleared by a psychologist before they can get on hormones. Previously, anyone could just ask for them to transition, and this would lead to people who fetishize it to making permanent changes and ruining their life. It makes it harder for the true trans people to transition, but it keeps the ignorant and less introspective people safe.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Well I care about general respect for preferred pronouns and nomenclatures. Spending an infinitesimal amount of time and energy to do so can make someone's day. To me, that's worth not just blatantly calling anyone whatever I want, which often can hurt them and ruin their day. I choose to do what I can to make their struggles easier, even if it is just a simple term. It's worth it to me. I was simply stating because I am not omnipotent, thus I cannot know if you were saying it out of ignorance, or just because you didn't care to say it otherwise. Again, when I was stating hypocritical and ignorance (both of which I clearly know the definition of mind you) I was under the impression you let off of using a derogatory term out of ignorance. I can apologize for assumptions, but you should realize with the way you came off, and with that derogatory term, you seemed hypocritical. I think its incredibly stupid to refer to an individual holding them up to what a group does. How about just saying, some PEOPLE can be pompous freaks? It's in everyone's capabilities. I never insulted you for agreeing with me. I only said the hypocritical thing because of the insulting term in a message about equal rights, it looked very bad. Again, sorry for the misunderstanding. I never said you offended me, you didn't. People can say whatever they want, I am an advocate for freedom of speech. I will however, spread awareness of the fact that "tranny" is an offensive nomenclature to trans people. That is all I did. What is natural is relative and solely based on individual observation. Even if there are general "norms" that a group agrees upon, there's plenty of others who agree upon other "norms" at the end of the day, it's all about your individual beliefs and culture. I will not debate beliefs with you, as for I think it is superfluous and you can think whatever you want. Good day.
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TLadyJessica Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I totally support this, Ash! Thanks very much for posting this, I think it will seriously help a lot of people if they bear all that in mind. The more people who understand, the more it will work towards stopping the hate and increasing the love.
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Magnatic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Writer
Let's hope there's a day where being trans is as acceptable as being left-handed. Stay safe everyone.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
One day I think it will be at least understood like that. Understanding is the first step in my opinion.
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Thrashmaniacwarrior Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Wow awesome photo!
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puffinkitty Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
today is also when Hitman Absolution came out, so we will assassinate anyone who is intolerant. Irony I know, but continue to live strong, and be yourself, sorry for the joke because this is meant to be taken seriously.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Yeah not really in my tastes to make a joke about murder on a post about remembering trans people who were senselessly murdered, but thanks, I appreciate the sentiment.
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puffinkitty Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Yeah it was extremely dry and dark humor and I apologies for the joke, but I feel for anyone who is mistreated such as trans, gays, mixed race, etc. It is not fair for people to be inconsiderate towards our brethren on how we should be and live our life. It is offensive to me for someone to be rude and ignorant. I feel for you because there is no such thing as the "normal" it can cause wars and tension that should never be there. Thank You for understanding that I wasn't trying to be an asshole or trying to offend.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I appreciate the apology thank you, and you're welcome
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Mysticalcatseye Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow.....I totally agree, it's beautiful.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Thank you, it's so sad to see so much hate against trans people.
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Mysticalcatseye Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It is sad. I've yet to fully come out that I'm trans and it scares the shit out of me but it's always great to know that there are people out there like me and sad that such horrible things happen to most of us.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
From someone who has, trust me, it gets easier (though after the initial part where it feels like no hope) Also some people will surprise you. Some who you'd think would never accept, are entirely accepting, and vice versa, I wish you luck when you do come out!
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Mysticalcatseye Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
You're very welcome!
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MandyMullins2 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
This is beautiful! :heart:
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I know right!
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MandyMullins2 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Yes! :D
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