Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20, 2009

On the 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund pays tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.  We're co-sponsoring a memorial event at the Center, and we hope we'll see you there:

WHAT:  Transgender Day of Remembrance Commemoration

WHERE:  The Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York, New York (map)

WHEN:  Friday, November 20, 6 pm - 10 pm

This year's Day of Remembrance is especially poignant, coming on the heels of the one year anniversary of Lateisha Green's shooting death in Syracuse, New York.  Her killing led to New York State's first-ever hate crime conviction stemming from the death of a transgender person.  It was just the second such conviction in United States history.

This year’s commemoration also comes just weeks after President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which added gender identity to the federal hate crimes law.

First held in 1999 following Rita Hester’s brutal murder inside her Boston apartment, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has evolved into hundreds of memorials and other events around the world on November 20th.   While the day is primarily meant to remember those lost to hate crimes, it also is used to bring attention to the prejudice that transgender people face that often leads to such crimes.