November 20th is the nationwide Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day set aside to remember and honor the transgender people who have been killed during the year.
According to Josie Leavitt, Development Director at the Pride Center of Vermont, 30 transgender people have been murdered this year. She says that’s more than all of last year.
The Price center is holding a vigil and program at Main Street Landing from 6:30- 8 p.m. The event is free and open to anyone who wants to honor the lives lost.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible – it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered and that we continue to fight for justice.” Smith says.