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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Vigils

As the TDoR moves closer it's important to know where we can go to remember those who's lives were taken from them in acts of violence simply because they lived their lives in their own truths and projected the image of who they were on the inside, on the outside.

Dates, times, and locations after the jump.  Please add any others that you blenders know of in the comments and be sure to take some time to attend local events and if there aren't any try to organize one.

[Update: HRC has, at the request of the community, cancelled it's DC event and instead urged it's members and staff to attend the event at the Whitman Walker Clinic, in an effort to “come to the community.”  Press Release below the fold.]

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2007

Brad Luna | Phone: 202/216.1514 | Cell: 202/812.8140

Trevor Thomas | Phone: 202/216.1547 | Cell: 202/250.9758


Human Rights Campaign Joins in Support of National Transgender Day of Remembrance

In Lieu of Holding its Own Event, HRC Urges Community to Attend Whitman-Walker Event

WASHINGTON – Events marking the 9th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance tomorrow, November 20, designed to honor the memories of our transgender sisters and brothers lost to hate violence, will be taking place throughout the country and locally in Washington, D.C.  In lieu of holding its own event, the Human Rights Campaign is asking its staff, volunteers, and other members of the community to be actively involved in Transgender Day of Remembrance activities throughout the country.  In Washington, D.C., HRC will participate in an event at the Whitman-Walker Clinic, 1407 S Street NW.

HRC will not be holding an event at its Rhode Island Ave. headquarters, as previously reported. 

In honor of the day, the Human Rights Campaign released two special video messages from transgender ministers Drew Phoenix, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD and Presbyterian minister Rev. Erin Swenson of Atlanta, GA.

The video messages produced by HRC are available for viewing on our blog, HRC Back Story:

Additional information on the Whitman-Walker event:

WHAT: 9th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate transgender people and loved ones who have died due to hate violence.

WHO: Observance is sponsored by DC Trans Coalition, DCATS, International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Latin@s en Accion, MAGIC, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Transgender Education Association (TGEA), Transgender Health Empowerment, DC Black Pride, DC Coalition of Black GLBT Men and Women, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Whitman Walker Clinic

WHERE: Whitman Walker Clinic
1407 S Street, N.W
Washington, DC
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Note: Candle light observance will start promptly at 6 p.m.

WHY: The Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes 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.

WHERE: Whitman Walker Clinic,
1407 S Street, N.W
Washington, DC

Equality Forum, HRC Building
1640 Rhode Island Ave, N.W.

Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church,
175 Norris Drive,
Rochester, NY

When: 11/20/07 7pm
Where: Arlington Street Church,
351 Boylston St,
Boston, MA

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Where: Park Blocks, Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
Time: 6:00 PM

The following Events sponsored by HRC.

Houston – Co-hosting with Shell
Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:00pm
Holocaust Museum
5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX

Ft Lauderdale, FL – HRC South Florida & MCC  (co-hosted event)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Chapel of the Sunshine Cathedral MCC
1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Las Vegas, NV – HRC Las Vegas & MCC Vegas (co-hosted event)
Monday, Nov 19 , Time:  7:15pm-8:30pm
Metropolitan Community Church
1140 Almond Tree Lane, Ste 302

Phoenix, AZ – FEZ & HRC (co-hosting reception following the ceremony at the State Capitol)
Sunday, Nov 18; 5:30pm
State Capitol – reception following ceremony – 1700 W Washington St to view the official notice

Chicago, IL

Candle Light Vigil
Sunday, November 18, 4:45pm
Center on Halsted, Roof Top
3656 N. Halsted St, Chicago

An Afternoon with Susan Stanton
Sunday, December 2, 3-430pm 
Unity Temple
875 Lake Street, Oak Park

Raleigh, NC – Co-hosted by MCC, Equality NC & HRC-NC
Tuesday, Nov 20, 6:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Avenue

The following list from TransFM:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Tuesday November 20, 2007 at 7:00 at the Pride Centre
of Edmonton (9540 – 111 Avenue).
Edmonton, AB, T5G 0A5 ph:780.488.3234

London, Ontario, Canada
The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario,
will be holding a transgender day of remembrance.
Details are still being worked out.
Contact: Meghan Blythe Adams

Toronto, Canada
Will hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, November 20th
from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at The 519 Church St. Community Centre, Auditorium
For More Information contact: Kyle Scanlon Trans Programmes Coordinator
The 519 Church Street Community Centre 416-392-6878 x104

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Simon Fraser University
Will hold a TDOR event on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
At the LGBT center 208 W 13th St. from 6 – 9PM.
On Tuesday, November 20th you will also find:
Informational displays created by volunteers addressing Trans 101,
Suicide, Transphobia, Hate Crimes & Murder
How Transphobia Effects Everyone and Stories of trans people who are
happy, alive, and thriving.
A candle light vigil, couches, lots of blankets, hot beverages, a TV
with trans programming from our library, and super friendly
OOC goes OOC
Out on Campus goes Out on Campus is a day where we hold the lounge in
the convocation mall for the day to increase our visibility as a queer
and trans space on campus. This year we will be holding it in
conjunction with the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
SFU is currently working on a public memorial and educational display
that will be up in the convocation mall from Nov. 19th-22nd.
The display will include 300 plus colorful memorial posters honoring
the victims of transgender related violence.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The new Trans-alliance at UVic has come together to
organise our very first TDOR. We are trans, gay, lesbian, and
straight. The events will consist of a half an hour ceremony of
commemoration including readings and observance of this years
casualties, with an affirmation of the living, complete with candles
and armbands. This happens from 1:30 to 2:00 in front of the Student
Union Building. Then at 2:00 we retire to the small Michelle Pujol
room for a presentation of film clips from “She's a boy I know”and
commentary by its creator, the award winning Gwen Haworth. At 3:00 we
will panel, do Q & A, and be generally informative and fascinating
until we're done.
This is an important event in Victoria's queer calendar. Attend to be
trans and to be an ally. Every one of us counts. Every one of us
deserves to be there. If not you, than whom? If not now, than when?
Audre Lourde said,”Your silence will not protect you.” Alliance and
public support will.
Rumours are that there will be treats.
For more info, go to

Manchester, England
Manchester's second Annual Transgender Day Of Remembrance Vigil takes
place on Sunday November 18th 2007. This is to honour the memory of
all those transpeople killed by violence every year and to affirm our
resolve to report transphobic crime. We will assemble in Sackville
Park off Canal Street at 3.45pm for the One Minute's Silence and
reading of the names of the deceased at 4pm by the Beacon of Hope
there. This will take place by candle-light and it would be helpful if
you could bring a candle/holder but we will have spares. The event
takes approximately one hour and Taurus Bar have kindly agreed to
accommodate us for refreshments afterwards. Taurus is fully
accessible, as is the park, but we may have to use a private function
room down one flight of stairs if they are very busy. All are welcome;
please dress soberly and be aware that the media will be present
including press photographers.

Strasbourg, France
This year, Support Transgenre Strasbourg will celebrate Transgender
Day of Remembrance (TDoR) by several events:
On Tuesday Nov 20 at 06:30 pm, on place Gutenberg in Strasbourg :
PUBLIC ACTION in memory of transgendered people assassinated in hate
crimes. Comme join and support us in a transgender visibility action.
For our dead not to be silenced any longer, and to act against
discriminations and agressions that we endure.
On Tuesday Nov 20 at 08:00 pm (i.e. right after the public action),
at Les Épines community café, 11 rue des Roses, Strasbourg-Neudorf:
PROJECTION AND DEBATE of “Boys Don't Cry”, a film telling a real
transphobic hate crime perpetrated in 1993. Anatomy of a murder and of
the hatred that produced it: How can we fight Hatred and prevent it?
How can we make our society change?
Also read (in French):
Access plan to Les Épines community café:
Contact: Cornelia Schneider, co-founder in charge of Support Transgenre
Strasbourg, French transgender self-support group
( , tel. 06 12 32 47 64)

Stockholm, Germany
Will be holding a Transgender Day of Remembrance
on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
It will be in the afternoon (it´s dark from 3 pm here)
on Sergels Torg, Stockholm which is the main square.
Contact: Clara Madison

Tel Aviv, Israel
Will be observed in Tel Aviv on
Tuesday, November 20th with two events:
At 6:00 PM, a Transgender Procession will set out in downtown Tel Aviv
to march along Eben Gvirol Avenue towards Rabin Square.
At 19:30 a Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony, sponsored by Tel
Aviv Municipality, will take place at City Hall.
Contact: Nora Grinberg

Genova (Genoa), Italy
hour: 9.15 pm
location: c/o Teatro degli Zingari – Comunità di San Benedetto – Via degli
Zingari (organization by: tdor italia – Crisalide AzioneTrans Genova)

Milano (Milan), Italy
details pending
(organizer: Tdor Italia)

Padova, Italy
hour: pending
location: c/o Arcigay Tralaltro – Corso Garibaldi 41
(organization by Arcigay Tralaltro)

Warsaw, Poland
Will hold a vigil in Warsaw at the headquarters
of Kampania Przeciwko Homofobii on ¯elazna 68, 7PM on
Tuesday, November 20, 2007.
Contact: Dariusz K.

Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
November 12-20, 2007 will mark Tucson’s second annual Transgender Awareness Week. The project is a collaboration between the University of Arizona and Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA). The week featurse a variety of events around the city as well as on the University of Arizona campus.
Highlights include transgender author and performance artist Kate Bornstein in “On Men, Women and The Rest Of Us.” Also featured are several informational trainings and Q&A forums, a gallery show featuring local transgender artist Rae Strozzo, a youth-led Freedom of Expression March, and community fair, culminating with the Ninth Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight vigil.
Other events of special note are Sunday’s screening of the documentary “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria” with co-director Victor Silverman, followed immediately by A Community Conversation with Public Safety Advocates and Allies, which brings together representatives from police, fire, EMT, court/legal, mental health, and other important services for a frank but friendly dialogue with LGBT people about rights, responsibilities, and mutual respect.
For a copy of the complete schedule go to:

Berkeley, California, USA
The Gender Equity Resource Center on the UC Berkeley campus will be hosting a
memorial with information on how to help stop the violence from 11am-3pm
on the Mario Savio Steps on Upper Sproul Plaza on November 20, 2007.
Contact: Morgan Weinert

Belmont, California
Carlmont High School
Will recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance
On November 20, 2007 Come by to view the screening
of “a girl like me” & show your support for the GSA.
For more info, go to:

West Hollywood, California, USA
Will be holding a Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony at
the California Faith for Equality, 8714 Santa Monica Blvd.
On Tuesday, November 20 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Contact: Kerry Chaplin, Interfaith organizer
(310) 598-5866 or cell: (323) 683-4330

San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Will hold their TDOR event on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
At the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center
3909 Centre Street , San Diego, CA 92103
There will be a Silent march through Hillcrest at 6:00 PM
Followed by a Memorial event at 7:00 PM
Reception to follow Memorial event
Contact: Autumn Sandeen

San Jose, California, USA
SBTDOR will be holding San Jose's Transgender Day of Remembrance on
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 ay 7:30 PM. The event will be held at
the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, located at 938 The Alameda,
San Jose, CA. 95126. Speakers are Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director
of the Billy DeFrank Center,Danielle Anderson-Castro of the Santa
Clara County Trans-Powerment Program and Shelly Prevost the director
of “Trained in the Ways of Men”. Plus a special youth presentation.
The event is sponsored by a number of local groups to include: The
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Carla's Boutique, the Santa Clara
County Health Department's Trans-Powerment Program, Reel Freedom
Films, and the Transgender Community of Police & Sheriffs.
Contact: shelly

Santa Cruz, California, USA
The Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Downtown Santa Cruz, Compass Rose plaza
(in front of main US Post Office and across from Clock Tower)
Contact: or 831-427-4004
Contact person: Stuart Rosenstein, 831-325-9988

Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Will be holding a TDOR event on
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 at 7:30pm-9:30pm
Washington Park United Church of Christ
400 S. Williams St. Denver, Colorado 8020
For more information contact: Christine Schneider

Hartford, Connecticut, USA
CTAC (Connecticut Trans Advocacy Coalition) will be sponsoring
a transgender day of remembrance event on Tuesday, November 20
Beginning at 6:00pm – Walk to the Capital from the First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 with a candlelight vigil at the Capital and leave the Capital at 7:00pm to go to the MCC church
7:30pm – Memorial program at Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford, 155 Wyllys Street, Hartford, CT 06106
8:30pm – Reception
Everyone is welcome to attend either or both of the ceremonies.
Contact: Diana

Washington, D.C., USA
Will hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance Event
At the Whitman Walker Clinic on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Located at 1407 S Street, N.W. from 6-8pm (event starts at 6pm)
Observance is sponsored by DC Trans Coalition, DCATS, International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Latin@s en Accion, MAGIC, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Transgender Education Association (TGEA), Transgender Health Empowerment, DC Black Pride, DC Coalition of Black GLBT Men and Women, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Whitman Walker Clinic
Contact: Earline Budd

Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.
On November 19, 2007 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM
In Parlor Room of the Kansas Union
University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
KU Queers & Allies is honoring this day by having Jay Pryor, a female-to-male transsexual speak on “Growing up Queer in Kansas.”
Visit their web at:

Louisville, Kentucky USA
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
The day of events includes a daylight prayer service, a meet and greet
for students, a Transgender
101 and 102 (Beth Harrison Prado, is the moderator).
The candlelight memorial service and vigil will begin at 7PM in the campus chapel.
Dawn Wilson will be one of the speakers.

Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The Community College of Baltimore County's Dundalk campus
Will host a memorial ceremony in observance of the 9th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, November 20 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the base of the flagpoles in front of the A building at the front of the campus located at 7200 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk There will be a wreath laying, a reading of the names of the dead, and a moment of silence to honor those killed in anti-transgender incidents.
Contact: Garcia, Mary Jo

College Park, Maryland, USA
University of Maryland
LGBTQI Student Organization, Pride Alliance, is
coordinating a TDOR Event on November 19th, 2007.
Details Pending.
Contact: Justin Orlando Fair

Walkersville, Maryland, USA
Walkersville, High School
The G.S.A. club of Walkersville High School will be holding a DOR event on the 19th.
There will be a moment of silence in our morning announcements, which will reference posters the students decorated–each poster in memoriam to a victim of hate crimes from your web site. Each member of the club will wear a T-shirt that reads “I choose to remember.”
Contact: Rebecca Pack, English Teacher, Walkersville High School
Phone: (240) 236-7367

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Tuesday, Nov. 20
The Pioneer Valley Transgender Day of Remembrance
7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Amherst, 121
North Pleasant St. Amherst. A community gathering honoring and
remembering Transgender victims of violence. For more information
email or call the Stonewall Center:,
413-545-4826. Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Transgender Political

Boston, Massachusetts USA UMASS
UMASS Boston's Queer Student Center and Wellness Center will be
hosting this years Transgender Day of Remembrance event in the
Campus Center on the ground floor, room 211 . Event is on Nov.
20th from 5:30-7pm and will include readings from community
members, artwork, and a vigil.
For more information or to make
arrangements for special needs please contact Darby at

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Will be holding a Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony at the Meetinghouse of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), 110 Schermerhorn Street (Between Boerum Place and Smith Street, 2 blocks north of Atlantic
Avenue), Brooklyn, New York
On Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm.
A silent gathering, in the Quaker tradition, from which individuals may rise and
Contact: Paul Flint

New York, New York USA
Will be holding a Transgender Day of Remembrance event
On Tuesday, November 20, 2007
At the LGBT Center at 208 W 13th St.
From 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Contact: Julia Porfido

Poughkeepsie, New York USA
Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Assoc. – MHVTA
will be holding TG DOR on our regular monthly meeting on Mon.
Nov. 26. We will hold a candlelight service and our scheduled guest
for the evening is Pauline Park from NYC.
For more information, contact: Jan Brown
MHVTA web site:

Stony Brook, New York USA
State University of New York
Will be hosting an event on Tuesday, November 20. This event will feature a performance by Kate Bornstein, a showing of the film “Trained in the Ways of Men” by film maker Michelle Prevost, and a candlelight ceremony in cooperation with the student LGBT association.
Contact: Eileen
Please visit our Yahoo group page: for more information, or to volunteer.

For a more complete listing, visit TransFM TDoR Events.

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