Come to a memorial gathering honoring people lost to anti-transgender violence in the past year. This is an annual event organized by local trans activists. It will mirror similar gatherings all over the nation and around the world.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance began in 1999 as a way to draw attention to the issue of anti-transgender violence. The event was initially created to mark the one year anniversary of the death of a Massachusetts transgender woman, Rita Hester, whose murder remains unsolved.
The gathering will feature several speakers, including transgender individuals as well as parents and allies of trans folk. The evening will also include musical performances, including the premiere of a new song written especially for the event by Exeter-based musician Ilona Tipp. The gathering will end with the lighting of candles and the reading of the names of transgender people who were killed in the past year.
The Exeter Transgender Day of Remembrance is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1325174460927006/