BALTIMORE TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Join us to Honor and Remember
We gather as a community on Sunday, November 20, 2016, to honor and remember those whose lives have been cut short by anti-transgender violence. Join us at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 12 W. Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 to stand against gender-based violence and speak the names of our brothers and sisters in solidarity. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service begins at 6:30 p.m.
Take the Charm City Circulator and avoid parking hassles!
Northbound Charles Street - Stop # 305 - Hamilton Street
Southbound St. Paul Street - Stop # 325 - Centre Street
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