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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

November 20th - Transgender Day of Remembrance

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” 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.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgendered — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgendered people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered 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-transgendered 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 following locations have let us know they are hosting an event for 2005. Please drop us a note if you know of an additional location, or if you are interested in hosting an event. Several additional events and locations will be forthcoming.

All events are on Sunday, November 20th, unless otherwise indicated.

Adelaide, Australia A day’s worth of events will be held, including a ceremony devised especially for the Feast Festival to celebrate and mourn those transfolk who have lost their lives. All events will be held at Feast at Fowler’s Live, Lion Arts Centre, Corner North Terrace and Morphett Street. Disability Access. For additional details, see

Melbourne, Australia Metropolitan Community Church of Melbourne, Australia will hold a service of rememberance honouring our TG brothers and sisters at 7:00 p.m. at 217 Burnley Street, Burnley. Our service will include a candle lighting ceremony within a service. Our guest speaker is a young FTM man who is a member of our youth group and the congregation have journeyed with him both spiritualy and through transition for a number of years.

Perth, Australia Details Pending.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada Calgary’s First Transgender Day of Remebrance will be held on Monday, November 21, 2005 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hosted by Positive Space at Mount Royal College In the Meditation room at Mount Royal Lincoln Park campus. A Rabbi, and several christian church leaders will be saying prayers. For additional information, see

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada TTIQ Alliance and Lambda Christian Community Church will host the following on Sunday, November 20, 2005 at Garneau United Church 11148 - 84 Avenue: - 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Information Fair: Trans men and women will be on site to share information and resources, answer questions, book speaking engagements and talk about services that are available in the Greater Edmonton region. Alberta’s Transgender Warrior Display will be included. - 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Film: Soldiers Girl, The true story of a young soldier beaten to death for falling in love with a transgendered nightclub performer. - 7:00 p.m. Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Service with the Remembering our Dead Memorial Quilt & Display.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada March starts at 3:30pm sharp in front of the Carnegie Centre, 401 Main St. They will be marching to SFU Harbour Centre 515 W. Hastings St., Terasen Room #1800. Speakers include Libby Davies and Bill Siksay, MPs (members of parliament). There will also be a screening of the documentary In the Flesh. Tami Starlight, Canadian national trans activist/advocate, will hold a reading of our fallen trans community members. There will also be a memorial Open microphone for community members to speak, and Much more. Sponsored by SFU — Out On Campus, Egale Canada, Trans Action Canada, and Xtra West.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. An event will be held at the Metropolitan Community Church, 2786 Agricola St., Bloomfield Centre, suite # 108 at 7:00 p.m. on the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Several events will be taking place in Ottawa. These include:

Tuesday, November 15, 2005: A Film Night: NFB Doc: In the Flesh At Pink Triangle Services, 177 Nepean St., 5th Floor at 7:00 p.m. The film will be the National Film Board Documentary, In the Flesh, about two Male to Female and two Female to Male transsexual people, including the Montreal and Toronto activist and film-maker, Mirha-Ross Soleil. An open discussion will follow facilitated by Jessica Freedman.

Thursday, November 17, 2005: A Panel Discussion on Transsexuality & Transgenderism at Sandy Hill C.C. 250 Somerset St. East at 7:00 p.m. The Panel for the Discussion will be Helma Seidl, MSW, RSW, CCC, RN, Dr. Norman Barwin, Bill Siksay, M.P., Jessica Freedman and Alex Adams. The panel will be chaired by Jessica Freedman.

Friday, November 18, 2005: A Divergence Dance at Shanghai Restaurant, 651 Somerset Street West at 10:30 p.m. 19+ $5 cover.

Sunday, November, 20, 2005: Transgender Day of Remembrance Observance at Jack Purcell C. C., Elgin St. at 2 pm. Ceremony at 3:00 p.m.

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (Brock University) A Transgender Day Of Remembrance event will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Brock University, Pond inlet, on Monday November 21st. The event will include Hershel T. Russell’s slide presentation “The Joy of Gender” and interviews of local Trans Youth. A candle light vigil will follow the presentation. Politicians, media, unions, GLBTQ allies and the general public have been invited to the event. This event is funded by the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara, PFLAG St. Catharines, The Imperial Sovereign Court of St. Catharines and the Greater Niagara Region, The New Vouz, and Has been organized by PFLAG St. Catharines, OPIRG-Brock, Niagara Pride, OUTNiagara, Aids Niagara, CAW Local 199 LGBT Committee, Brock Pride and Transgendered of Niagara.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada Their ceremony will be held at 519 Church Street Community Centre on Saturday, November 19th, from 5:00 til 7:00 p.m.

Strasbourg, France Support Transgenre Strasbourg ( will hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance commemoration on Saturday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Pc Center, 80 rue du faubourg Nationale, just before our monthly meeting. All T* people, SOFFAs and supporters are welcome.

Tel Aviv, Israel The Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony, sponsored by the Human Rights Commission of Tel Aviv Municipality, will take place at Tel Aviv City Hall.

Bologna, Italy Candle Light and torchlight procession at Piazza Ravegnana at 6:30 p.m. During the event they will be read victim names and will distribute material about transfobia. Organized by M.I.T. (Movimento Identità Transessuale)

Catania, Italy An event will be held at Open Mind, Via Gargano 33 Organized by Circolo GLBT "Open Mind" Catania.

Firenze, Italy A Candle light memorial will be held at Via Lombardia 2 at 6:00 p.m. Organized by A.I.T. Firenze.

Genova, Italy To be held at Comunità San Benedetto al Porto, Via San Benedetto 12, at 7:30 p.m. Additional detals pending.

Milano, Italy At C.I.G. Arcigay Milano, Via Bezzecca 3. A candle light event with live harp accompaniment. 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Crisalide AzioneTrans - Milano and C.I.G. Arcigay Milano.

Pescara, Italy To be held on Piazza Salotto at 6:00 p.m. Hosted by Jonathan - Diritti in Movimento / Crisalide AzioneTrans Pescara.

Piacenza, Italy Their event will be held at L’A.T.OMO Strada Malchioda, 39. At 8:00 p.m. there will be a Candle Light event, at 9:00 p.m. wil be a showing of Ma vie en Rose, and at 10:30 p.m. there will be a debate. Organized by Arcigay Piacenza L’A.T.Omo.

Torino, Italy A candle light vigil will be held at 9:00 p.m. at Circolo glbt Maurice, Via Basilica 3. Organized by Gruppo Luna Transessuali, Torino.

Auckland, New Zealand Their vigil will be held on Monday, November 21 at Family Nightclub and Bar, 270 Karangahape Road, starting at 7:00 p.m. There will be an open mic.

Wellington, New Zealand Agender New Zealand in association with TransMana will be hosting an event in the nation’s capital city. To be hosted on the Transgender Day of Remembrance at 2:00 p.m. in Civic Square behind the Main Library. This will be the 2nd annual event in New Zealand. All transgendered people and our supporters are welcome to attend. An open mic will be available to all.

Quezon City, Philippines On November 19, the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), in cooperation with the Order of St. Aelred, will be hosting the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in the Philippines at the Friendship Hall of The Order of St. Aelred at 5 PM. The theme of the Manila Event is “A Day of Remembrance, The Start of Acceptance”. An ecumenical mass of remembrance and candle lighting will be held in honor of those who died since the last Transgender Day of Remembrance in 2004. Refreshments shall be served for the guests. Additional details are available at

Edinburgh, Scotland An act of remembrance on Saturday, November 19, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., open to all, will be lead by the Metropolitan Community Church, Edinburgh, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to socialise. MCC Edinburgh will be jointly hosting the event with the LGBT Centre for Healthy Living in Edinburgh, Transmen Scotland, and LGBT Youth Scotland.

Seoul, South Korea Details pending.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands The Noodles, an Amsterdam (NL) based queer and/or transgender group, will hold a memorial at their monthly cafe at Saarein II, Elandsstraat 119. Open from 5:00 p.m., At 6:00 p.m. there will be a walk from Saarein to the Leidseplein. There they will hold a vigil. Afterwards, they will walk back to Saarein.

Derby, United Kingdom Details Pending.

London, United Kingdom We will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. outside the NFT café/bar on the South Bank in London. There is a map and directions at Bring family, friends, candles and anything you’d like to share (words, homemade brownies, a hip flask..), and let us know if there is something special you’d like to do — a reading or perhaps playing some music, for instance. For additional information, see

America, For a full list of american locations please see the main post (Link at top of this page),
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