THIRD ANNUAL: Transgender Day of Remembrance
On Wednesday November 20th Rehoboth TransLiance in conjunction with Safe Harbor United Church of Christ and the METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF REHOBOTH (https://mccrehoboth.com/) will be holding a short vigil.
There will be a candle lighting and reading of the names. This year will pay special consideration to the plight of Trans women of color. Trans women of color are being killed at an alarming rate in this country. We all witnessed Blossom Brown stand up at th CNN hosted Equality Town Hall featuring the Democratic candidates for president. We might not all agree with her tactics she was not wrong. More needs to be done. Last year there were 27 trans brothers and sister killed. This year we are up to at least 20. The vast majority have been trans women of color.
Reverend Diane Fisher MCC and Reverend Chet Carbaug UCC will be leading us in prayer. After there will be a reading the names of transgender people killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This is the third TDOR vigil in Rehoboth and we hope to keep it an annual event at least until the bigotry ends.
More Details on events to follow.
According to the national web site "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. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people."
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize 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 (http://www.rememberingourdead.org/index.html)” 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.g to the Human Rights Campaign, (https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-transgender-community-in-2019)
We will hold the vigil at Rehoboth MCC Church 19369 Plantation Rd, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. For more information email [masked] or visit our website at https://www.transliance.com/ OR OUR MEETUP SITE ://www.meetup.com/Rehoboth-TransLiance/