Transgender Day of Remembrance

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. Rita was a highly visible member of the transgender* community in her native Boston, where she worked locally on education around transgender issues. On Saturday, Nov 28, Rita was stabbed 20 times in her apartment. A neighbor called the police, and Rita was rushed to the hospital. She passed away from cardiac arrest only moments after being admitted. Sixteen years later, police have still not found Rita’s murderer (or murderers).

In 1999, one year after Rita’s murder, advocate and writer Gwendolyn Ann Smith coordinated a vigil in Rita’s honor. The vigil commemorated not only Rita, but all who were tragically lost to anti-transgender violence.” (Source)

Transgender Day of Remembrance Events in Vancouver

UBC Events

November 17-19, 2014
Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) information table from 11am-3pm on the SUB concourse.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
11am-4pm – SASC will be holding a memorial tabling vigil
3pm-4.30pm – Pride Collective will be facilitating two workshop on the 20th on Allieship and Intra Trans* Solidarity.
– 5pm – Pride Collective and SASC will be holding a joint memorial at  in the SUB Art Gallery space

Vancouver Event

Memorializing our murdered trans* family.
– Short documentaries
– Open mic & speakers
– Candlelight vigil

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street), Theatre room (main floor, to the left of reception, in the back),

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Transgender Day of Remembrance website Facebook page
Transgender Day of Remembrance Website

Transgender Day of Remembrance Events in the Okanagan

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Kelowna event

Candle ceremony, screening of two short films (Transmormon (2013) and “BOY” (2014)), followed by a discussion.

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Streaming Cafe, 596 Leon Ave. Kelowna
Presented by the Equity and Inclusion Office and Okanagan Pride Society

UBC Okanagan

Candle ceremony, information tables and discussion
Thursday, November 20, 2014
ARTS foyer
Presented by the Equity and Inclusion Office, Sexual Assault and Rape Awareness, and UBCSUO Pride Centre.

Two Spirit Awareness Raising Event

Film Screening and Discussion – Two Spirits (2009)
Friday, November 21, 2014
UBCSUO Theatre UNC 106 – Refreshments will be provided.
Brought to you by the ARTH 323/CULT 320 Two Spirit Awareness Group, Indigenous Students Association and the Equity and Inclusion Office.

For more information contact:  #TDOR #TDORkelowna

Canadian Facts and Figures

Egale’s Every Class in Every School report indicated clearly that trans* students experienced high levels of unsafety and harassment in classrooms and hallways:

•    78% of trans* students felt unsafe at school, with 44% having missed school because of these feelings;
•    74% of trans* students have been verbally harassed because of their gender expression;
•    49% of trans* students have been sexually harassed in school within the past year; and
•    37% of trans* students have been physically harassed or assaulted because of their gender expression.

Experiences in elementary and secondary schools reveal only a fraction of the challenges facing many trans people in Canada.  Access to housing, employment, education and appropriate medical care are but a few of the major areas in which trans people are much more likely to face both individual acts of discrimination, as well as systemic exclusion and invisibility. (From

In this article transgender was abbreviated to trans* to include transgender, transsexual, and trans-identified.

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