The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.
The CT TransAdvocacy Coalition, Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford and many of our allies and community will be remembering those individuals who are brutally murdered simply because they did not conform to societies standards of what a “real man or woman” looks or acts like.
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
5:15 PM Gathering at First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Ave, Hartford
Vigil Walk from First Presbyterian Church to the State Capitol
5:30 PM Rally at the State Capitol
7:00 PM Transgender Day of Remembrance Program at Metropolitan Community Church, 155 Wyllys Street, Hartford
My dear friend Tessa, who is a fellow Connecticut resident, activist, and all-around good human being asked me to help spread the word about this event in Hartford next Thursday. Although this Day of Remembrance event does not take place on or especially close to Wesleyan’s campus, I post it here because I feel that it will be of interest to the community. The contents of this post were adapted from her diary at MyLeftNutmeg.