Transgender Day Of Remembrance To Be Held

The Southern Tier Trans Network and the Interweave Gay Straight Alliance of Jamestown Community College will once again hold a memorial commemorating the Transgender Day of Remembrance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Lenna Theater in the Hultquist Building.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual commemoration of those transgender people who were murdered during the previous 12 months because of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. It was first held in Boston in 1999, commemorating the violent death of Rita Hester, a local transgender woman. It has since become an international annual event.

“It’s terrible that people are still being murdered because of who they are or what they look like,” said Helen Walther, Southern Tier Trans Network executive director, “and it behooves us to remember those who would otherwise be forgotten so as to dedicate ourselves toward fighting the prejudice and hate that lead to their deaths.”

Nearly 50 names have been added to the 2013 list of known deaths of transgender people. The memorial will last about an hour. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The Southern Tier Trans Network is a peer support group for transgender people, their significant others and their allies. It was founded in 2011 and meets in Jamestown. For more information, see www.southerntiertrans.org

The primary mission of Interweave at Jamestown Community College is to provide support for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual/transgendered, intersexed, queer and questioning students, and their straight allies. Interweave also seeks to bring awareness to issues in the larger community and to be active in community service. For more information, email ShannonBessette@mail.sunyjcc.edu.