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Winnipeg Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Cover photo adapted from art by Micah Bazant
Monday, November 20 is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This year’s vigil to honour those transgender and gender non-conforming people lives lost in 2017 will be held at the University of Winnipeg’s Riddell Hall.

The location is safe, accessible with gender-neutral washroom facilities nearby.
Light snacks will be served.
There will be ASL.

Doors open at 6 pm, the ceremony will begin at 6:30.

The following is from http://www.tdor.info/
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender and anti-gender non-conforming people hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honour 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 and anti-gender non-conforming people 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 Transgender, transsexual, crossdresser, gender non-conforming people — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender and gender non-conforming people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender and gender non-conforming hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender and gender non-conforming-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 and gender non-conforming people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honours the lives of our brothers, sisters, and siblings regardless how they identify 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 and gender non-conforming violence.

 

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