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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Dear members, friends, & supporters of Dignity,

I bring to your attention a very important event next month.  To be held on November 20, 2002, Transgender Day of Remembrance honors twenty-four victims since the 2001 Memorial. 

We encourage every Dignity member and every Dignity chapter around the country to get involved in local events, to pray for the end of violence toward transgender people, to announce this information at liturgies, post information in bulletins or newsletters.  You will note that this is very much like our own annual Solidarity Sunday event but with an emphasis on crimes against transgender people.

Information on Transgender Day of Remembrance events around the US is available online at http://www.gender.org/remember/day

Contact: Gwen Smith at gwen@gwensmith.com

In a year marked with two dozen reported anti-transgender murders, members of the transgendered community will be holding events on November 20th to honor those lost.

"Too often people want to make our dead into forgotten people," said event founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith, "Now, more than ever, we need to stand together and say that taking life from anyone is not acceptable.  Now, more than ever, we must remember, and let those memories spur us to more education and more action to safeguard the diverse character of our communities."

Through the work of the Remembering Our Dead project which spawned the Transgender Day of Remembrance, it was discovered that an average of one person is reported dead due to anti-transgender violence every month. In 2002 this figure has doubled, with 24 cases since last years event.  Organizers point to better reporting, rather than an increase in crime, as a primary reason for this jump.

Events this year include a candlelight march down Market Street in San Francisco, California, a rally in Washington DC, & New York, the dedication of a permanent memorial space in West Hollywood, California, an on-campus event at Ohio State University, and a memorial service in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance began in San Francisco in 1999 as a response to the murder of Rita Hester, a transgendered woman who was stabbed to death in her apartment. A murder that, like most transgender killings, remains unsolved.

Very Sincerely,
Pat McArron, President

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