“Where there is hatred, let us sow love.” The De-escalation of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Ministry is inviting and encouraging members of the Saint Mark’s Cathedral community and beyond to participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending a vigil to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence.
November 20, 2017, 5 p.m
Seattle City Hall
Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Additionally, during the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“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
Reference: Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR – November 20. Retrieved from https://www.glaad.org/tdor on 10/31/2017.