Trans* Day of Remembrance Vigil
OPEN is hosting a Clark-wide TDOR on Friday, November 15th. We will be tabling throughout the day so anyone who wants to can decorate a luminary bag which we will then use in our vigil at 7pm iin Red Square. We will also have information about trans*
violence around campus during the day.
Adapted from http://www.transgenderdor.org/about-2:
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 trans*, each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people, especially the bias against trans* women (which is even greater against trans* women of color.)
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 siblings 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 those who do not identify as trans* that trans* people are their children, siblings, friends, partners, and family members. Day of Remembrance gives allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who have died because of anti-transgender violence.