updated 11-15-2018

2018 Transgender Day of Remembrance

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.

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The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) memorializes individuals who have died throughout the world in the previous year because of anti-transgender hatred. Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. A tradition inspired by the Allston, MA vigil for Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered in 1998, this day has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege.

To have your TDOR event listed here, please email all info to MasonDunn@MassTPC.org

Boston – Bunker Hill Community College – Cape Cod – Chelmsford Lexington – Lowell  – MaldenNeedhamNorthampton Norwell – PittsfieldSalemSomerville – Stow – Waterville, ME – Worcester

Boston

 


November 18, 2018 4:45PM

This year’s Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) marks the 20th anniversary of Rita Hester’s death. In addition to hosting our traditional service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, we will be taking the streets to remember and memorialize Rita Hester, as well as our trans and GNC family we have lost over the years.

MARCH TIME AND LOCATION:
* We will gather people who want to march at 4:45pm at Dewey Square. The march will step off at 5pm. The march is optional if you only want to attend our traditional TDoR service.

INDOOR PROGRAM AND POTLUCK
* Our traditional indoor service will begin at 6pm, with a potluck following at 7pm

PERFORMANCES FROM:

Pink Navel
Golden
Semisweet
Anjimile

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Bunker Hill Community College

 

November 20th at 1:00 PM at Bunker Hill Community College Auditorium (room C202). There will be a service and light refreshments.

Cape Cod

 

November 20, 2018, 5:30PM

Fourth Annual Cape Cod remembrance honoring those transgender individuals who have met violent deaths since last November 20. TDoR is now an international event begun to honor the memory of Rita Hester, murdered in 1998. Like so many others, the murder was never solved. A light meal will be available starting at 5:30 pm, followed by a program of speakers, culminating in the reading of the names of those to be remembered. There is no charge, no tickets are needed and reservations are not required.

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Chelmsford

 

November 17, 2018, 6PM

2 Westford Street, on the Chelmsford Common

Our 9th annual vigil for International Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 17, beginning at 6pm . The vigil is organized by the Welcoming Congregation Committee of the church, as part of our commitment to being welcoming and inclusive by honoring the dates that are special to members of the LGBTQ+ community and advocating on issues important to them.

The event will begin at 6pm with a gathering, a procession, and a brief ceremony on the Chelmsford Common.

The second part of the lay-led vigil will meet in the Chapel (next to the parking lot). In a service that will include music, the names of those killed around the world during the past year as a result of transphobia will be read. The vigil will end with words by Pat Taber and a brief period of fellowship.

There will be child care.

People are welcome to come for either or both parts of the vigil.

Pat Taber is a transgender person who has been a political activist on this year’s campaign to preserve Massachusetts’ Transgender Public Accommodations protection Law. She is a veteran, a proud father and a software engineer. She has a deep connection to the transgender community and strongly promotes trans inclusion into society at large. She views being transgender as a gift given to a select few as a part of God’s plan for humanity. She views the death of a transgender person to be a loss, not just to the community, but to a society that needs the unique gifts they bring.

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Lexington

 

November 18, 2018, 1-2PM

Lexington Battle Green

Please join us in honoring the lives of transgender people killed in anti-trans violence in the United States in 2018. May they rest in power.

In 1999, Gwendolyn Ann Smith organized a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated the lives of all transgender people lost to violence since Rita’s death, beginning a tradition that is now the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

A record number of transgender people have been killed so far in 2018, most of them transgender women of color. We will commemorate their lives and talk about the intersecting problems of transphobia, misogyny, racism, and violence — with an eye toward action and healing.

Sponsored by LexPride and First Parish in Lexington.

If the weather is bad, we will meet inside First Parish.

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Lowell

 

November 19, 2018 4PM

The Center for Hope and Healing, UMass Lowell Gender Studies & Office of Multicultural Affairs and Greater Lowell Health Alliance invite you to join us for this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance: Community, Dialogues, & Vigil.
There will be TWO simultaneous sessions starting at 4:00PM leading into a vigil at 5:45PM occurring this TDOR

Trans & Non-Binary Community Space
UMass Lowell South Campus, O’Leary 325, 4pm-530pm
A space for trans & non-binary folx to come together in communities, make new connections, and strengthen support systems.

Cis-Gender Dialogue Space
UMass Lowell South Campus, O’Leary 329, 4pm-530pm
To enter a brave space to discuss barriers in being allies to trans and non-binary folx and how to practice allyship ahead.

Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil:
UMass Lowell South Campus Quad, 545pm
To honor and respect our trans family who have been taken from us and #SayTheirNames.

To RSVP or ask any questions please email nikki@chhinc.org.

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Malden

 

November 20, 2018, 7PM

Please join First Parish in Malden for our Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance service, where we remember all those who were killed due to anti-transgender violence. Come and be held in community with your all grief, rage, and sorrow. Fellowship and food to follow after the service. All are welcome.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
First Parish Malden Unitarian Universalist Church
2 Elm St
Malden, MA 02148

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Needham

November 19, 2018, 7PM

Needham clergy members and special guest speakers welcome all to Needham’s second Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience event. We will remember trans people who were killed in hate crimes in the past year; embrace and lift up stories of resilience from trans and genderqueer people; and, look forward in hope to how we become a more inclusive and safe community and country for people of all gender identities.

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Northampton

 

November 20, 2018 5:30 PM Vigil, 6 PM Service

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

The program will begin at 5:30 PM with a candlelit vigil that will process through downtown Northampton, followed by an hour-long indoor program at USNF commencing at 6 PM.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international event to honor the lives of transgender people who have been murdered due to hate crimes. We will also recognize transgender and non-binary individuals who suffer or have committed suicide due to the complex intersection of life issues including bullying, invisibility, marginalization, rejection, lack of economic opportunity, and depression.

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Norwell

November 20, 2018, 6PM

On Tuesday, November 20 First Parish of Norwell will hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor all those who have been killed simply for being their authentic selves. We’ll meet in the Norwell Common at 6:30pm for a brief talk and time of solidarity. After, we will hold posters for folks to see as they drive by along route 123/Main St. This event should wrap up by 8pm at the latest.

Pittsfield

 

November 20, 2018m 5:30-7:30PM

St Stephens Church 67 East St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

The Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Trans Day of Remembrance. During the days surrounding November 20th thousands of TDOR events will be taking place internationally in honor of those we have lost. The Trans Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses faced due to anti-trans bigotry and violence, the need to fight for equal rights and full protection under the law, and that it is a fundamental human right to be free to simply exist and live authentically. With so many seeking to erase trans and gender non-conforming people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice. We will be remembering and honoring our neighbor Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, the first person we lost in 2017. This event is being co-hosted by Berkshire Pride, Berkshire Stonewall Community CoalitionBerkshire Trans GroupIndivisible Pittsfield Events, Pittsfield Human Rights Commission, Berkshire Rainbow Seniors, and Elizabeth Freeman Center.

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Salem

 

November 14, 2018, 6:30PM

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 11/20 that honors those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Transcendence will be observing TDOR with a candlelight vigil for our 11/14 meeting. We will meet at the nAGLY space in the Museum Place Mall, lead a procession down Essex Street and into the Salem Commons where we will have a moment of silence and read the names of lives lost this year. We will then be heading back to the nAGLY space to have a hot beverage, unite and socialize.

This meeting will run from 6:30-8:30 PM. For updates, meeting broadcasts and more information about us, check out our Facebook Page: Transcendence.

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Somerville

November 20, 2018 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA

Please join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville Department of Health and Human Services, and the Somerville High School Gender and Sexuality Awareness Alliance (GSAA) for a ceremony in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The ceremony’s speaking agenda will include Mayor Curtatone, Somerville LGBTQ Liaison Jess Alter, Somerville High School GSAA Advisor Sarah Eustis, and student representatives from GSAA, followed by a raising of the Transgender Flag. The event is open to the public, and all community members are welcome.

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Stow

November 20, 2018 at 7 PM – 8 PM

First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Unitarian Universalist
353 Great Rd, Stow, Massachusetts 01775

Our Vespers this month will be a solemn recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, where we toll our bell and read the names of those transgender people who lost their lives in acts of violence this year. Come and share your support for the transgender community as we bear witness in love.

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Waterville, Maine

November 20th, 2018 6PM

TDOR, co-sponsored by PFLAG Waterville, PSUMC Reconciling Ministries Team, and Out & Allied Youth Theatre, will be held on Nov, 20, 2018 at 6pm at REM (Revitalizing the Energy), 31 Temple St., Waterville, Maine. All are welcome!

 

Worcester/Clark University

 

November 15, 2018, 6PM

In 2017, there were 29 transgender people were murdered in the United States in hate crimes. 2018 is expected to be the deadliest year for transgender people. On this night we will be honoring those who have lost their lives due to anti-trans violence, as well as suicide, because we acknowledge that suicide is also a product of transphobia. Join us for the reading of the names and an opportunity to speak words of respect and remembrance

After the Vigil, we will be heading to JC001 to have a debrief session.

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Event History:

In late 1998, Boston’s LGBT community recoiled in horror at the discovery of the RITA HESTERlatest victim of transphobic violence. Rita Hester, a trans woman and popular figure in the local rock ‘n’ roll scene, was found stabbed to death in her Brighton apartment. A local community of queer activists, rockers, family, friends, and allies — over 250 individuals — 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 several other cities joined in, and this year hundreds of observances will be held in dozens of countries.

More on Rita Hester: Rita’s Story (TransGriot) – Remembering Rita Hester (Edge Boston/Ethan Jacobs)

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.