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1st Annual Frederick Transgender Day of Remembrance

posted Oct 13, 2016, 9:14 AM by Brian Walker   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 9:15 AM ]
Sunday Nov 20, 6-8pm @ Dublin Roasters, 1780 N Market St, Frederick, MD, 21701

The Frederick Center, TFC's Trans and Gender Nonbinary Group, and Dublin Roasters present the 1st annual Frederick Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on Sunday, November 20 at 6 pm in the community space of Dublin Roasters (1780 N Market St). We remember those taken from us by anti-transgender violence and transphobia through murder and suicide – centering the experiences of trans women of color, who continue to be targeted in our community and country as well as around the world.

Transgender and gender nonbinary community members come together with the greater LGBTQ community, allies, civic leaders, and loved ones and neighbors to share our grief and anger, appreciate the lives and gifts of those lost, highlight the legacy of transgender people, and commit to work towards trans-inclusive social justice. The names of transgender people lost in 2016 to an epidemic of violence at home and abroad will be a focus of the observance.

This is the first community Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Frederick organized and led by the transgender community. Following the June 30 lifting of the ban on service in the U.S. military this year, it is appropriate that our speakers include transgender service members. Also featured is Nikki Ames, known throughout the mid-Atlantic area as a powerful vocalist and performer.

This event, celebrated nationally, is a critical expression of concern about increasing levels of anti-trans violence as we work for a world free of trans hatred and brutality. “In San Diego, a transgender teen killed himself after the hospital staff where he was being treated for depression kept referring to him as a girl,” says Marcia Simpson, a local community leader and member of the planning committee. “We are going to say his name, Kyler Prescott, and talk about the need to understand and support work committed to ending ignorance and anti-trans violence.”

The event is free, but donations are welcome and will support local trans resources. Wheelchair accessible, ASL interpretation not confirmed as of October 8. More information is available online at twitter account @FredTDoR, please use hashtag #FredTDoR for all social media mentions.

In November 1998, the murders of trans women Chanel Pickett and Rita Hester in Boston MA inspired a local candlelight vigil and the creation of the international Trans Day of Remembrance, now observed in dozens of countries and hundreds of cities – more at TransgenderDOR.org.

The free event will include the reading of the names. Light refreshments available.

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