No one should be subjected to violence simply because of their gender identity or expression. No one should be denied the basic rights that enable their safety and security. No one should consider taking their own life to escape harassment and bullying. Please join with us on this day to remember our departed friends, loved ones, and community members.
Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance:
Sunday November 22
St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston
We need sponsors. Help build our community and help our most vulnerable. We will make this moving and important event happen for a few hundred dollars. Everything else goes to the Transgender Emergency Fund and the Transgender Clinic at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. As a sponsor, you help our community’s neediest, whether it’s a bus ticket to get someone to shelter or the cost of food or a doctor’s visit.
We accept in-kind contributions, click here to learn more.
In late 1998, Boston’s LGBT community recoiled in horror at the discovery of the latest victim of transphobic violence. Rita Hester, a popular figure in the local rock ‘n roll scene, who also happened to be a transsexual, had been found brutally stabbed to death in her Brighton apartment. Like so many killings of gay and transgender persons, the victim was subjected to enough brutality to kill her many times over.A local community of queer activists, rockers, family, friends and allies — over 250 — held a speak-out and candlelight vigil in Rita’s honor, forming a human stream of light winding its way through Rita’s old Allston stomping grounds.
In November 1999, a memorial vigil was held in San Francisco; the following year Boston and a few other cities joined in, and this year hundreds of observances will be held in dozens of countries.
More on the Allston vigil and media coverage: Rita Hester’s Murder and the Language of Respect (Sojourner/Nancy Nangeroni)
Boston’s transgender community remembers local victims Chanelle Pickett, Debra Forte, Monique Thomas, Georgette Hart, Denise Pugliesi, Monique Rogers, Lisa Daniels, Rita Hester, and too many more, mostly uncounted and unnoticed by all but their friends and family.