The Ct TransAdvocacy Coalition, MCC/Hartford, City of Hartford LGBT Issues Commission, HGLHC, PFLAG/Hartford and many of our allies and community will be Remembering those individuals who are brutally murdered simply because they are Transgender!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
5:15 PM Gathering at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford
Vigil Walk from Charter Oak to the Hartford Public Library
5:30 PM Vigil at the (front steps) Hartford Public Libray
7:00 PM Transgender DOR Program at MCC Hartford, 155 Wyllys Street, Hartford
Connecticut’s Tenth Annual DOR Sponsors: Ct TransAdvocacy, MCC/Hartford, City of Hartford LGBT Issues Commission, Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective and PFLAG/Hartford
For more information text (860) 983-8139 or email jerimarie at transadvocacy.com
Those Being Remembered in 2010 from the International 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 transsexual, 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.