2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Casey Williams
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.