Transgender Day of Remembrance started as a vigil in 1999 to commemorate the death of Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in 1998. Rita Hester was a highly vocal and visible member of the Trans community in Boston Massachusetts.
Violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, particularly Black and Brown transgender women, is at an all-time epidemic proportion.
While this day is a day of mourning and remembrance, it is also a day to reflect on contributions to the Transgender community and the power of their survival.
Candlelight vigils are the most common ways to honour and recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance. This year will be slightly different as virtual ways are made available by communities Honouring and Remembering the Transgender people that have lost their lives.
As your PSAC-Atlantic Director for LGBTQ2+ members, I ask that you check availabilities of Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils and events in your communities and online. Stay safe, stay strong and stay proud.
With pride and solidarity,
Director for LGTBQ2+ Members