Monday, November 20th, 2017
Riddell Hall at the University of Winnipeg
Invitation to attend
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017
Winnipeg’s Transgender community and allies will come together to pay tribute to the Transgender lives lost on 2017. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is the 18th annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, hatred, prejudice worldwide. This day serves a purpose to raise awareness of the threat of abuse and violence faced locally by the transgender community, as well as their families and friends.
Additionally, during the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face. Records indicate that 2,343 reported killings of trans and gender-diverse people occurred in 69 countries worldwide between the 1st of January 2008 and the 31st of December 2016.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester. On November 28, 1998, Rita Hester, a 34-year-old African-American transgender woman, was brutally murdered in her Boston apartment – a crime that to this day remains unsolved. Even in death, Rita’s victimization continued as news reports consistently mis-gendered her and used her name in quotes, as is often the case with many murdered trans people.
Though Rita Hester was not the first transgender person to be a victim of transphobia and violence, her death became the catalyst for the launch of the Transgender Day of Remembrance which has become an international day of action. TDOR is observed in over 200 cities throughout more than 20 countries.
The number of reported cases of trans-phobic based hate crimes has more than doubled since 1999 when the first TDOR was held in San Francisco on a cold and rainy night on the 20th of November. This day also acts to bring visibility and momentum to a call to action to end the hatred and ignorance that the transgender community faces daily. There have been over 250 murders in 2017 alone.
Of the victims murdered, 80% were people of color, 55% were transgender women, and 50% were transgender women of color. Transgender women survivors of hate violence are also more likely to experience police violence, physical violence, discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, threats, and intimidation compared to those who were not transgender women.
The ceremony will be emceed by local community advocate Shandi Strong, and feature keynote speaker Albert McLeod, local Two-Spirit educator and member of the Federal Government Committee engaged in the expected apology to members of the LGBT community later this year.
Providing: Light beverages and snacks.