A week after Rita Hester, a 34-year old African American transsexual, was murdered on November 28, 1998, about 250 people gathered to honor her memory during a candlelight vigil. The vigil inspired the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and the international Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Now in its 13th year, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) celebrates the memory of those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, while raising public awareness of hate crimes against the transgender community. TDOR always takes place on November 20.
In 2011, thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life will join vigils and related events in countries around the world. Here is what will happen in Canada.
Flag raising (November 18 from 6-7 p.m.) – Location: Ottawa Police Headquarters (474 Elgin St.). Speakers to include: John Medeiros.
Political Meet and Greet (November 19 from 2-4 p.m.) – Location: Councillor’s Lounge – City Hall. Speakers to include: Yasir Naqvi M.P.P.
TDOR and Certain Sort present: The Real T Party! (November 19 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.) – A dance party to celebrate Ottawa Trans Day of Remembrance at The Legion (359 Kent St.). With CPI and DJ Y’alla! Y’alla! All ages accepted, but only those over 19 with valid ID will get bracelets to purchase alcohol. Admission: $5 – $15 (sliding scale).
TDOR Candlelight Vigil (November 20 from 7-8 p.m.) – The vigil will be held at the Human Rights Monument (corner of Elgin and Lisgar streets) and includes reading from a list of names of victims of transphobic violence. To have a friend or loved one added to the list, email email@example.com. Speakers are also invited to talk about how transphobic violence has affected their lives.
Transgender Day of Remembrance event (November 18 from 7-9 p.m.) – Location: Church Street Community Centre (519 Church St.). For more information, contact Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free screening of the film “Two Spirits” (November 18 from 7-10 p.m.) – Fred Martinez did not want to choose between being a boy or a girl. He wanted to be both. He was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to Navajo culture. However, at 16, he was also one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history. The screening will take place in Room 2M70 (University of Winnipeg), to be followed by a discussion on the film.
TDOR Vigil (November 20 from 3-5 p.m.) – Location: Crossways in Common, 222 Furby Street. For more information, email the Rainbow Resource Centre at email@example.com or call 204-474-0212.
- Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomic Project
Created in October 2004 for the 6th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Webcomics Project aims at educating members of the public about the issues surrounding the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Participating contributors draw and publish a relevant webcomic or image for the day with links to other contributors and / or the archive.
For more information, visit http://tdorarchive.comicdish.com/.
The complete list of TDOR events across the globe can be found at http://www.transgenderdor.org.
Cendrine Marrouat may be contacted for potential interviews, reviews and general enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.cendrinemarrouat.com.