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2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance

  • Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community gather for a candlelight vigil outside of Smith Hall.
    Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community gather for a candlelight vigil outside of Smith Hall.
    Casey Williams
November 20, 2017

On November 20th, students, faculty, staff, and community members came together to observe International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day honoring those lost to transphobic acts of violence. The gathering was planned by members of EROS and TaNGO, as well as the local PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter.

The service began with a memorial to the twenty-five transgender Americans killed during 2017. Attendees read the victims’ names, age, how they were killed, and comments given by family and friends. Two more readings were held: one for the three hundred and twenty-five transgender people killed globally, and another for attendees to read works by transgender authors. The service ended with a candlelight vigil outside of Smith Hall.

While the memorial was a time for remembering those lost, it was also a mobilization for action: EROS, TaNGO, and PFLAG members spoke about how important it was for attendees to raise more awareness about transphobia, resisting hateful rhetoric and policies, and standing up for the LGBTQIA community.


Last modified on Apr. 9th at 3:07pm by Casey Williams.