Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20, 2010

On the 12th annual Transgender SignatureDay of Remembrance, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund pays tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.  Memorial events will be held around the world.  Here in New York City, a memorial will be held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center:

WHAT:  Transgender Day of Remembrance Commemoration

WHERE:  The Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York, New York (map)

WHENFriday, November 19, 7 pm - 9:30 pm

This year's Day of Remembrance marks another year of hate-fueled violence directed at the transgender community.  But as dark and dispiriting as this hate and violence may be, we must remember that we will be free.  While we commemorate those we have lost and the tremendous toll that bias-motivated violence takes on all of us, it is important, too, to have hope and to re-commit ourselves to the challenging work of securing our rights and our freedom.

First held in 1999 following Rita Hester’s brutal murder inside her Boston apartment, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has evolved into hundreds of memorials and other events around the world.   While the day is primarily meant to remember those lost to hate crimes, it also is used to bring attention to the prejudice that transgender people face that often leads to such crimes.