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.”
Betty Skinner (52 yrs old) Died 12/3/13
Blunt force trauma to the head. Cleveland, Ohio
Brittany Nicole Kidd- Stergis (22 yrs old) Died 12/4/13
Gunshot wound to the head. Cleveland, Ohio
Kandy Hall (40 yrs old) Died 6/3/14
Massive trauma, body left in a field. Montebello, Maryland
Trans* Activist Zoraida Reyes (28 yrs) Died around 6/12/14
Strangled and left by a dumpster. Anaheim, California
Mia Henderson (26 yrs old) Died 6/16/14
Massive trauma, found dead in alley. Baltimore, Maryland
Yaz’min Shancez (31 yrs old) Died 6/18/14
Shot then burned behind a dumpster. Fort Myers, Florida
Tiffany Edwards (28 yrs old) Died 6/26/14
Shot to death in the middle of the road. Walnut Hills, Ohio
Alejandra Leos (41yrs old) Died 9/5/14
Gunshot to the back. Memphis, Tennessee
Funeral Fund: #RememberAlejandra.
Aniya Parker (47 yrs old) Died 10/3/14
Punched and then shot in the head. East Hollywood, LA, California
Ashley Sherman (25yrs old) Died 10/27/14
Shot in the head. Indianapolis, Indiana
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
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/