Sunday, November 20, 2016


The first Transgender Day of Remembrance was held exactly 8 million years ago today.

At a sight in what would later become southern Ontario, there lived a tribe of cave dwellers, one of which was a transgender woman named Grurk. Evidence of Grurk's self-identification can be seen in the fact the bear skin she wrapped herself in was brightly coloured, as well as by the designs on the feathers on the tips of arrows found near her body.

On this day in 7 997 784 BC, Og, the tribe law enforcer and marketing expert confronted Grurk.

"You act like woman. You man."

"No, me woman. Me only look like man on outside. Me woman inside."

"You no want hunt. You just want gather with the women. Stand and fight."

"Am already standing."

At around this time, both fire and the wheel had just come into existence. Og, angered at Grurk, picked up a wheel, heated it in the fire and threw it at Grurk, killing her almost instantly.

On the first anniversary of this event, all the members of the tribe that hadn't been eaten by animals, killed by neighbouring tribes or died of preventable diseases gathered to remember Grurk with a candlelight vigil, which, given the technology available at the time, amounted to sitting round the fire just as on any other night.

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