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The Transgender Day of Remembrance

On November 20, 2015, at 5:30 PM, the members of TransCentralPA along with Equality PA, the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania, other organizations as well as many private citizens will mount the steps of the Capitol of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. We will conduct the candlelight vigil in memory of the many transgender persons murdered during the past year.

As in past years, a number of leaders in the LGBT community of South Central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth will offer their comments in support of this event.  Then in the even more somber moments, we will speak the names of those killed during the preceding twelve months, and light a candle in their memory.  If you would like to be a participant in the candle lighting, please come forward at the ceremony.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual occurring event held November 20 of each year.  It is set aside as a day to memorialize those individuals killed because of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people; and acts to bring attention to the continued violent hate crimes endured by the transgender community.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith; a transgender woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1998

Over the past two decades, the TDOR has been held annually on 20 November, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries observed the TDOR.

Typically, on a national basis, a TDOR memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year, and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, and marches, among others.  

TransCentralPA is committed to providing caring support for transgender individuals, their significant others, families, friends and allies. TransCentralPA also provides gender education and information to businesses, organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies.  In addition we lift our voice in advocacy to push forward the equal civil rights of all LGBT Pennsylvanians.


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