Transgender Day of Remembrance
On Monday, November 20, 2017, at 6:30 PM, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will hold a memorial for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a genuine tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The day serves to raise awareness of the threat of abuse and violence faced by members of the transgender community and to remember those who were victims of that violence. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender— each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people. This year, through the end of October 2017, there have been 26 Americans killed.
The memorial will include the reading of the names of those lost the past year, and lighting a candle for each of those victims. Members of the community are encouraged to attend, and if they would like to participate in the memorial to contact the church. For more information, please contact St. Paul’s at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Kenneth Ingram at 720-289-2394.
“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith