First Church observed 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. It was a time for candles, singing, prayer, poetry, and silence. The event took place in the Sanctuary at First Church Berkeley. Emerging Leader Bree Elle Gardner led the event with Rev. Molly Baskette and Rev. Rachel Bauman.
A livestream was also available for those who wanted 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 this coming 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.