BALTIMORE TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Join us to Honor and Remember
This year we break from tradition in order to collaborate more closely with the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and provide our community with more choices to participate.
Sunday, November 19 • 11:00 a.m.
First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
Many Tables, Many Places: Sharing Breads of the World
Rev. David Carl Olson, Dr. Molly Ruhlman and our families. A service about our relationships around the world through the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Each family is invited to bring a sample of bread or another daily staple that represents their family, and a story about their family to share with neighbors. Rev. Olson will discuss gender diversity and the Unitarian Universalist tradition of support for a broad spectrum of gender expression. The names of those we honor and remember this year will be in reverent display for those who wish to offer reflections, prayers, or candles.
First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 12 W. Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
The First Unitarian Church is the location for our first two events this year. Parking is available at the nearby Franklin Street Garage, located at 15 W Franklin Street. Weekend rates are $5 all day; Weekdays $5/1 hr or $6/2hrs. Street parking is available but can be limited and is metered at $2/hr.
Monday, November 20 • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
The Reverence of the the Names
This brief gathering is an opportunity for community to come together in a safe space to offer reflections, light a candle, or simply commune in peace. The names of those we honor and remember this year will be in reverent display. We would like to thank First Unitarian Church of Baltimore for holding open space and providing welcome and respite for our community. Rev. David Carl Olson and Rev. Father Merrick Moses will be welcoming the community.
Monday, November 20 • 5:30 p.m.
Ynot Lot, 4 W. North Avenue (at Charles Street)
Transgender March of Resilience
Gather at the Ynot Lot and march with us. Speak out against gender-based hate violence and speak up with pride for our gender diverse community.We will be a moving candlelight vigil for those we have lost and a beacon of hope for those striving to live lives free from transhate and racism. We will march to a rally at 2640 Space (2640 Saint Paul Street), where a delicious banquet awaits us!
Transgender Day of Remembrance is made possible through a collaboration of First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Transgender Response Team, and our many community volunteers and sponsors.
Learn more at these links:
International Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wikipedia - Transgender Day of Remembrance
GLAAD - Transgender Murders
Trans Murder Monitoring Project
What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.
Excerpted from http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/what.html The Remembering our Dead Web Project and The Transgender Day of Remembrance are owned by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, All Rights Reserved (c) 2007