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Friday, November 18, 2011
“The Transgender Day of Remembrance" – Orangeyna
Observed every November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those lives lost to anti-transgender violence. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, who was murdered in November of 1998. The first vigil in Rita’s honor was organized by writer and advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith in 1999.
A transwoman from Boston, Massachusetts, Hester was viciously stabbed just one month after the gay-bashing death of Matthew Shepard. While Shepard’s case created a media firestorm, Ms. Hester’s death went practically unnoticed.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and mourns the lives of transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten.
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