Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th marks the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize those who have been killed by anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This event began when 250 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in 1998 following the murder of Rita Hester, a woman who was transsexual and a fixture in the Boston rock ‘n’ roll scene. A “Remembering our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil followed in 1999.

As part of these commemorations, the Boston-based community The Crossing and Transcriptions will co-host an open mic night on Thursday November 18th at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston (138 Tremont St.) from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.

On November 20th, the Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held at the Cathedral starting at 6pm. For the latest information about TDOR events throughout Massachusetts, check out the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Also, an international listing of events can be found on the Transgender Day of Remembrance website.

Becky Garrison is a satirist/storyteller whose most recent book is Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues (Wipf & Stock, March 2020). Also, she edited Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resilience (Transgress Press, 2015). Her six books include 2006’s Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (PW, starred review).