by Leah Barker
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.
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.