Shawn (shawnaree) wrote in nmuwildcats,

Candlelight Vigil


This Monday, November 20th,OUTlook will be holding a candlelight vigil, starting at 9pm at the Heart of Northern (by the library). Candles will be provided for those who wish to attend. Once we have reached our destination, we will be holding a memorial service for those who have lost their lives to transgender violence. Please consider attending to show your support.

About the Transgender Day of Remembrance:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held in November each year to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Each person memorialized was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people or based on gender-expression. The list of deaths available only contains those deaths known to the transgender community or that have been reported to the media, and who were released for publication by their families.

The Day of Remembrance is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder 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.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn't perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect in the face of national indifference and hatred toward transgender people. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that transgender people are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers.

To give you an idea of how serious this problem still is, here are the murder numbers for 2006:
8 Domestic, 11 International, 19 - Total as of 11/15/06

Over the last decade, more than one person per month has been reported as dying due to transgender-based hate or prejudice.

More statistics:

Here are more details on the names and locations of those who were murdered this year:

Even if you can't make it to the event at the heart of Northern, taking the time to read through some of the stories of the people murdered is always worth doing. Hold their memories in your heart for a moment on November 20th, and honor their lives.
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