Join us in observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 6 pm, with a vigil and reading of the names of our transgender siblings who have been killed in the past year. All are welcome, regardless of your faith tradition. There will be candles, singing, prayer, poetry, and silence. The event will take place in the Sanctuary at First Church Berkeley. Emerging Leader Bree Elle Gardner will lead along with Rev. Kit Novotny and Rev. Molly Baskette.
Since this is a hard day for many trans folks, a livestream will also be available for those who would still like to be among community while staying in.
And in recognition that we must celebrate trans life as well as honor those we’ve lost, our worship the following Sunday (November 25th) will be a celebration of the Trans Day of Resilience/Resistance.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was first commemorated in 1998 in Boston, MA. Since then the event has taken place in many parts of the world usually in late November.
The 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-affected Hate Violence Report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects shows that, of the victims murdered, 80% were people of color, 55% were transgender women, and 50% were transgender women of color. Transgender women survivors of hate violence were also more likely to experience police violence, physical violence, discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, threats, and intimidation compared to those who were not transgender women.