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Tuesday, November 20, 2019
6:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
New London Parade Plaza
50 State Street
New London, CT 06320
We plan to meet on the steps of New London City Hall, 181 State St, New London, CT and then proceed to the Soldiers and Sailors monument at the Parade Plaza, 50 State St, New London, CT where we will read the names of those we lost.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is 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.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, 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 for our people.
Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their children, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence. (TDOR.info)
Join us on Parade Plaza at 6:00 PM on November 20th for opening remarks followed by a candlelight ceremony which will include the reading of the names of individuals lost to anti-transgender violence during the past year. This event is open to the public.
The guiding principles of the Day of Remembrance:
“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” (Santayana)
All who die due to anti-transgender violence are to be remembered.
It is up to us to remember these people, as their killers, law enforcement, and the media often seek to erase their existence.
Transgender lives are affirmed to have value.
We can make a difference: by being visible and speaking out about anti-transgender violence, we can effect change.