Chicago honors Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thu. November 20, 2014 10:00 AM by GoPride.com News Staff
Now in its 16th year, the annual tradition began with a "Remembering Our Dead" website project in 1998 and then a candlelight vigil in San Francisco in 1999 to honor Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman killed in Massachusetts on Nov. 28, 1998.
A 2013 report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) report found that transgender people were 1.5 times more likely to face threats and intimidation compared to the broader LGBT community, and that 72% of anti-LGBT homicide victims were transgender women, significantly up from 53.8% in the previous year. Sixty-seven percent of the victims were transgender women of color.
In Chicago, two events scheduled to honor TDoR on Thursday include one hosted by Center on Halsted and a candlelight vigil co-sponsored by Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches and AChurch4Me MCC.
Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience: Thursday, Nov. 20; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted
Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Candlelight Vigil and Communion of Light: Thursday, Nov. 20; 7 - 8 p.m.; AChurch4Me MMC, 1545 W. Morse Ave.
A list of global events is available on the TDoR website. The site also includes a memorial list of trans individuals killed in the past year.
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