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14th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance 

November 6, 2012

OPSEU's Rainbow Alliance will commemorate the International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 19, 2012.  It will host a public forum from 7-9pm at the Toronto Regional Office on Wellesley Street East.  Its objective is to highlight the importance of this day but also to advocate for the need of increased awareness on transgender issues.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.  This annual event, held in November, honours the life of Rita Hester.  She was an African American transgender woman who was brutally murdered on November 28, 1998.  Shortly after her death, members of the local community organized a candlelight vigil in her honour.   The “Remembering Our Dead” web project was also established in response to Rita's murder and like most anti-transgender murder cases, it has yet to be solved. 

Hester's murder also inspired activists from San Francisco to launch the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999.  The number of cities commemorating this annual event has gradually increased since its inception. 

This day of remembrance reminds everyone that transgender people are also our sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers.  Allies are encouraged to step forward, stand in solidarity to honour those who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence. 

Join members of the Rainbow Alliance as they celebrate the significance behind this day.  For more information, click here.


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