Saturday November 17, 5:30pm Gathering
_Candlelight Vigil, followed by speakers at Cleveland City Hall, and recognition of local individuals.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually as a memorial to trans-identified and gender variant individuals who are murdered each year due to hate, transphobia and our strict adherence to the gender binary. This event aims to raise awareness and educate the larger community in order to effect change in this horrifying trend.
Gathering at 5:30pm, Huntington Park, Lakeside Avenue and West Third Street with step off at 5:45pm for a candlelight walking vigil to Cleveland City Hall 601 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland Ohio. The remainder of the vigil will be inside Cleveland City Hall's Rotunda.
Featuring speakers, music by the North Coast Men's Chorus and a special tribute to those we have lost and those who are lighting the way to increased acceptance for the transgender community.
About Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgendered — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgendered people.
We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes.
_The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce released “Injustice at Ever Turn,” a massive study of 6,450 respondents.
Sixty-three percent (63 %) of all respondents reported a serious act of discrimination because of their gender identity or gender presentation and expression. Twenty-three percent (23%) experienced a “catastrophic level of discrimination”...
Read or download the report from the National Center for Transgender Equality: http://transequality.org/