Anthony Niedwiecki

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed By Anthony Niedwiecki | November 18, 2008 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Florida, Fort Lauderdale, hate crimes against LGBT people, Rita Hester, TERI, transgender, Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize and honor 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.

williams.jpgOver the last decade, studies show that more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice. Unfortunately, this trend shows no sign of abating, as we have seen here in Florida with the murder of Simmie Williams and other unspeakable acts around the country.

The South Florida Transgender community- with family, friends and allies- will gather at the MCC Sunshine Cathedral to remember and honor transgender victims of violence on Saturday, November 22. Please join us as we gather together to remember and honor all those whom have died as a result of anti-transgender bigotry, hatred, and violence.

From TERI, Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives:

The 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance
observance starts in the Chapel of the MCC Sunshine Cathedral
1480 SW 9th Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Saturday November 22, at 6:30 pm.

The program includes invited speakers followed by a candlelight vigil.
A reception will follow immediately in the Cathedral courtyard.

Ft Lauderdale's Transgender, Lesbian, Gay & Bi Community extends a warm welcome to all who would like to attend this important event to memorialize our dead and underscore the seriousness of the suffering of our communities. There is no charge for this event.

This event sponsored by
TERI-Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives, MCC Sunshine Cathedral, Fight OUT Loud,
Gone by Dawn Productions, PFLAG-Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PSF-Pride South Florida, Gay American Heroes, Broward School Board, Safe Schools South Florida, HRC-Human Rights Campaign.

I hope to see you at this extremely important event, either here in Fort Lauderdale or at the observance in your area.

Visit to find Day of Remembrance location in your area.

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