Transgender Day Remembrance Vigils New York City

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Transgender day remembrance vigils new york city

In the vibrant tapestry of New York City, a series of poignant events unfold to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th each year. This day, steeped in solemnity and reflection, began its annual observance in 1999. Gwendolyn Ann Smith initiated the first vigil in memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman tragically murdered in 1998. These observances have consistently centered on commemorating transgender and non-binary individuals lost to violence. In recent times, this day has been marked against a grim backdrop of escalating violence, particularly against transgender women of color.

The past year witnessed 41 known murders of transgender or gender non-conforming individuals in the U.S., a disturbing escalation from the 59 reported in 2021. These killings intersect with a surge in anti-transgender legislation, predominantly spearheaded by Republican lawmakers, proposing a multitude of restrictive bills.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is more than a memorial; it’s a day for communal grieving and solidarity. Events include photo displays, candlelight vigils, and heartfelt speeches. The schedule varies, with some events aligning with the official day and others happening before or after. Social media platforms are buzzing with updates, offering glimpses into these gatherings.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender 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.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Spotlighting some notable events for Transgender Day Remembrance Vigils New York City

Transgender day remembrance vigils new-york city
Unity in Remembrance: NYC’s Tribute on Transgender Day of Remembrance – A Moment of Reflection and Resilience.
  • Queens College is organizing an afternoon event on Nov. 20, featuring speakers such as Chanel Lopez and Kim Watson-Benjamin. This event promises transgender flags, ribbons, and refreshments at the college’s main dining hall stage. Learn more at Eventbrite.
  • The LGBT Community Center will hold a vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, highlighting art and personal reflections by transgender individuals. more at gaycenter.org/tdor.
  • The Office of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams teams up with Exponents for an event on Nov. 24, offering a rich agenda including panel discussions and performances.(contact rsvp@advocate.nyc.gov)
  • The Pride Center of Staten Island plans a unique combination of self-defense classes and a memorial activity on Nov. 18.
  • A collaborative event by NYCYouth4Trans Rights, Clinton GSA, and Gays Against Guns will take place at Washington Square Park on Nov. 20. Facebook page (@GaysAgainstGunsNYC)
  • For those preferring a virtual experience, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute hosts an online candlelight vigil. o learn more, visit 247candle.com/@mpji
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