Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony scheduled for November 20
For transgender individuals, and especially transgender women from minority backgrounds, the risk of violent attacks is much higher and more deadly. Transgender individuals are 9 times as likely to experience threats and intimidation compared to LGBTQ non-transgender survivors and victims. So far in 2016 24 trans women of color have been murdered.
In light of the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence suicides and attacks on trans people has risen. It is more important than ever that we as Trans people unite and lead the fight.
Each year, the community gathers to remember and celebrate our friends and loved ones lost to this violence and to raise awareness of the continuing hate violence against members of our communities. This year’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed on Sunday, November 20, 2016, in a ceremony at the William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street in Philadelphia. The program will begin at 6:00 pm with a reading of the names of those who have been lost to violence, as well as highlighting some of the many accomplishments of the movement for transgender inclusion and equality. The program will include remarks by community leaders and light refreshments will conclude the program, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Deja Alvarez at 770-685-5581 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharron Cooks at 215-432-4776 or email at MsSCooks@gmail.com