by Justin Tanis | Sunday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a date set aside each year to memorialize transgender people who have lost their lives to violence. Events are held in cities around the world; click the link above to find one near you. You may wish to attend with members of your ERG or your co-workers to show your concern for the ongoing violence faced by the transgender community. Consider planning now to go together as a group next weekend.
The day began in response to the murder of Rita Hester in her Boston apartment in 1998; her killers still have not been identified. Following her death, her friends held a candlelight vigil drawing more than 200 people and inspiring the community to action. The following year, activists in San Francisco held a similar vigil and other cities then followed suit. Each year, more events are held to remember those who have been murdered.
I have been attending Day of Remembrance events for more than a decade now and each one has moved me deeply. It is a time to reflect on the tragic loss of life and the violence that impacts so many transgender people–those who have been victims of violence and their loved ones. But we must also take the time to consider what role we can play in ending the violence. Each step we take to make our companies more accepting of transgender people, every time we stand up for the rights of transgender people, we are working to create a safer world for all of us.
Visit the Transgender Day of Remembrance website to find an event near you: http://www.transgenderdor.org.