Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday

Posted by Leah Barker on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

The growing number of GLBT teen suicides recently has been recognized and publicized by many high-profile celebrities. Dan Savage's “It Gets Better” Project encourages GLBT youth to see that there is a future for them as adults through a collection of videos like this one by the NOH8 Campaign:

Sadly, despite this public support, many transgender youth and adults are killed every year as a result of “transphobia,” or gender hatred, and never get the chance to fully experience their lives.

In honor of those who have been killed during the past year, the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.) will hold a memorial service this Saturday. Peak Area Gender Expressions is sponsoring the event, which recognizes that the day is the 12th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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There will be a candlelight vigil and a transgender community panel on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.. Both events are open to everyone. In addition, the Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. will focus on the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The Day of Remembrance is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on Nov. 28, 1998 remains unsolved, like many other transgender-murder cases. Her murder sparked the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.

So for all those who no longer have a voice of their own, spread the word.

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Thank you, Ms. Barker, for posting this article - I could not have done better, myself! It is timely, respectful - and so very needful, in light of the shameful unwillingness of much of Society (especially here in Colorado Springs), when it comes to even acknowledging the existence of the Transgender Community. Take it from me: illogical and ignorance-based, Anti-Trans prejudice still runs deep. In my case, I've got major skill-sets that span at least 35 years - and after 18 months including over 533 tries, I am still unemployed. I've seen people with pitifully much less to offer get jobs instead of me. A bad economy isn't always to blame in this. When so-called "decent" people want to get rid of "undesireables", they simply unplug all access to a sustainable life. It's one thing when Society opposes convicted criminals, but when we're talking about LAW-ABIDING citizens who happen to be Transgender, there is something grievously wrong here. Until we see Transphobia utterly vanquished across this land, The American Dream, along with its inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness has utterly FAILED!

Nancy-Jo Morris
Peak Area Gender Expressions (PAGE)
Colorado Springs

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Posted by Nancy-Jo on 11/18/2010 at 3:21 AM

STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA & TRANSPHOBIA! You could actually turn a gay/ trans kid's life around with your support. Hope to see you at All Souls Church!

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Posted by gurudori on 11/18/2010 at 8:27 AM

SARAH PALIN'S DAUGHTERS USE HOMOPHOBIC SLURS ON FACEBOOK- Bristol is just a wonderful and great example of an unmarried teen mother who supports abstances-NOT- SHE'S A HYPOCRAT! Family is just a bunch of talking heads, SAYING ONE THING AND DOING ANOTHER and Sarah Palin is a joke if she thinks she is more qualified as a 1/2 term Governor who QUIT, then a lawyer and former Senator whos is not our president.

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Posted by gurudori on 11/18/2010 at 11:07 AM
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