Trans* Day of Remembrance 2014

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 It is time once again to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQAI brethren on Trans Day of Remembrance to   honor the fallen.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is reported to have been created in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.  Since the 1999 vigil held, it has continued on every Nov 20th to remember not only those who self-identify as transgender but also those who were transsexual, crossdressers, or otherwise gender-variant victims of violence due to their perpetrator’s phobia and/or hate against transgender people.

Communities hold Transgender Day of Remembrance events for many reasons:

#1. It helps raise public awareness about the issue. Hate crimes against the gender-variant are glossed over or ignored entirely by most communities, with the victims of the crimes often misnamed (birth name rather than legally changed name or AKA) or improperly gendered (birth gender rather than lived gender). That is IF there is any media coverage at all.

#2. It allows the LGBTQAI and Allies a way to stand united to mourn for friends/family they have lost, those who were killed for being “like them”, and those who may have no one else mourn for them, since so many LGBTQ are STILL cast away from blood family & friends due to our society’s puritanical ideologies.

#3. It reminds non-gender variant people that we of the LGBTQAI community are SOMEONE’S child, mother, father, sister, brother, best friend, partner, co-worker, fellow parishioner, etc and as HUMANS are worthy of the same rights to safety, and freedom from persecution as every other human.

So before I list this year’s names for remembrance let me give you the writings of Rev. Paul Langston-Daley

As November 20th approaches, I will hold in my heart all of the transgender individuals who have made the brave move to be seen for who they truly are, as well as those who are still too afraid to be their authentic selves. I will hold in my heart the families and loved ones of those individuals whose bravery was met with misunderstanding, ignorance, fear and anger. I will even hold in my heart those who are unaware, ignorant and afraid, in the hope that they will understand and find compassion and love.”

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UNITED STATES VICTIMS TO REMEMBER 2014Betty

Betty Skinner (52 yrs old)  Died 12/3/13
Blunt force trauma to the head.  Cleveland, Ohio


Brittany

Brittany Nicole Kidd- Stergis (22 yrs old)  Died 12/4/13
Gunshot wound to the head.  Cleveland, Ohio


candle

Kandy Hall (40 yrs old) Died 6/3/14
Massive trauma, body left in a field. Montebello, Maryland


Zoraida

Trans* Activist  Zoraida Reyes (28 yrs)   Died around 6/12/14
Strangled and left by a dumpster.  Anaheim, California


Mia

Mia Henderson (26 yrs old)   Died 6/16/14
Massive trauma, found dead in alley.  Baltimore, Maryland


Yazmin2

Yaz’min Shancez (31 yrs old)   Died 6/18/14
Shot then burned behind a dumpster.  Fort Myers, Florida


Tiffany

Tiffany Edwards (28 yrs old)   Died 6/26/14
Shot to death in the middle of the road.  Walnut Hills, Ohio


Alejandra

Alejandra Leos (41yrs old)   Died 9/5/14
Gunshot to the back. Memphis, Tennessee
Funeral Fund: #RememberAlejandra. 


Aniya

Aniya Parker (47 yrs old)   Died 10/3/14
Punched and then shot in the head.  East Hollywood, LA, California


Ashley

Ashley Sherman (25yrs old)   Died 10/27/14
Shot in the head.  Indianapolis, Indiana


Gizzy

Gizzy Fowler (24yrs old)  Died 11/10/14
Gunshot. Nashville, Tennessee


NORTH CAROLINA TDOR EVENTS 2014

Asheville, North Carolina
Transgender Day of Remembrance Thursday, November 20th, 2014 7:00PM
87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, 28801

Boone, North Carolina Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Thursday, November 20th, 2014 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Appalachian State University Whitewater Room, Plemmons Student Union, 263 Locust St, Boone, NC 28608

Durham, North Carolina Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil Thursday, November 20th, 2014 6:00PM
115 Market St, Durham, NC 27701 http://lgbtcenterofraleigh.com/programs/adult-programs/transgender-programs/71-programs/transgender-initiative/409-transgender-day-of-remembrance.html

Durham, North Carolina Transgender Day of Remembrance Community Memorial Altar Thursday, November 20th 2014
Intersection of Trinity & Washington
https://www.facebook.com/events/578969395582278/

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States Transgender Day of Remembrance Thursday, November 20th, 2014 7:00PM-8:00PM
Tree of Life Counseling, 1821 Lendew Street, Greensboro, NC 27408

Greenville, North Carolina
Transgender Day of Remembrance Thursday, November 20th, 2014 6:00PM
East Carolina University (Green Room at Croatan) 100 Dixon Street, Greenville, NC, 27858

Hickory, North Carolina Transgender Day of Remembrance Thursday, November 20th, 2014 6:30PM-8:00PM
Lenoir Rhyne University, Belk Centrum Theater, Hickory, NC, USA

For more information on events in your area see http://tdor.info/

©RavenHarte 11/19/14

Trans* Day of Remembrance 2013

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For Pagans, Samhain is the time of year where we honor our ancestors, honor those who were killed in the name of witchcraft (most of whom were innocent), and cross over those whom we  lost during the year. It is a time of remembrance that launches our tide of Geburah where we shed the outmoded, outworn, and useless to become something better in Spring. So it is the perfect time of year for us to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA brethren for Trans* Day of Remembrance.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is reported to have been created in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts .  Since the 1999 vigil held, it has continued on every Nov 20th to remember not only those who self-identify as transgender but also those who were transsexual, crossdressers, or otherwise gender-variant victims of violence due to their perpetrator’s phobia and/or hate against transgender people.

Communities hold Transgender Day of Remembrance events for many reasons:

#1. It helps raise public awareness about the issue. Hate crimes against the gender-variant are glossed over or ignored entirely by most communities, with the victims of the crimes often misnamed (birth name rather than legally changed name or AKA) or improperly gendered (birth gender rather than gender lived or in transition to) if there is any media coverage at all.

#2. It allows the LGBTQIA and Allies a way to stand united to mourn for friends/family they have lost,  for those who were killed for being “like them”, and for those who may have no one else mourn for them, since so many LGBTQIA are STILL cast away from blood family & friends due to our society’s puritanical ideologies.

#3. It reminds non-gender variant people that we of the LGBTQIA community are SOMEONE’S child, mother, father, sister, brother, best friend, partner, co-worker, fellow parishioner, etc and as HUMANS are worthy of the same rights to safety, and freedom from persecution as every other human.

So before I list this year’s names for remembrance let me share with you the writings of Rev. Paul Langston-Daley  “As November 20th approaches, I will hold in my heart all of the transgender individuals who have made the brave move to be seen for who they truly are, as well as those who are still too afraid to be their authentic selves. I will hold in my heart the families and loved ones of those individuals whose bravery was met with misunderstanding, ignorance, fear and anger. I will even hold in my heart those who are unaware, ignorant and afraid, in the hope that they will understand and find compassion and love.”

UNITED STATES VICTIMS TO REMEMBER 2013

 *Died 1/1/13  Evon Young (age:22) Tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster.- Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*Died unknown, found 2/14/13 Milan Boudreaux and her partner Akeem, both shot in the head Metairie, LA

*Died 3/27/13  Cemia “CeCe” Dove (age:23) Multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond. – Cleveland, Ohio

*Died 4/3/13  Kelly Young (Age 29)  – Shot – Baltimore, Maryland

*Died 4/11/13 Ashley Sinclair (age 30) – Beaten & shot in the head. – Orlando, FL

*Died 5/29/13  Wanda (Antonio Lee age 49) – Shot 5 times answering the door of the sick friend she was caring for – Tampa FL

Died 7/7/13  Unknown woman – Found floating in a gully – Houston, Texas

Died 7/12/13  Valarie (Jock Maurice McKinney age 50) – Gunshot to her lower body. Shreveport,Louisiana

*Died 7/14/13 Diamond Williams (age:31) Hacked to death with an axe, body parts thrown in a field. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*Died 8/7/13 Islan Nettles (age:21) Blunt force trauma, removed from life support at brain death- Harlem, New York

*Died 8/20/13  Domonique Newburn (age:31) Multiple stab wounds. – Fontana, CA

*Died 8/30-8/31/13  Konyale Madden (age:34) Beaten to death – Savannah, Texas

Died 9/6/13  Terry Golston (age 44)  Shot 3 times  – Shreveport,Louisiana

Died 9/12/13  Shaun Hartley (age 31) – Beaten to death – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Died 9/9/13  Melony Smith (age:28) Beaten to death – Baldwin Park, California

*Died 9/24/13  Eyricka Morgan  (age:26) Stabbed – New Brunswick, New Jersey

NORTH CAROLINA VICTIMS TO REMEMBER

Died 4/14/09   Jimmy McCollough (stage name Imaje Devera / Image Devereux   Age: 34) – Stabbed and dumped near Club Emages in Fayetteville NC

Died 4/3/10 Toni Alston (age 44) Shot to death in front of her home – Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information on events in your area see  http://www.transgenderdor.org/

©RavenHarte 11/15/13