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.
Over 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 recently with the murder of Duanna Johnson and other unspeakable acts around the country.
The Indianapolis transgender community- with family, friends and allies- will gather at the Central Christian Church Fellowship Hall 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.