On November 28, 1998, two men followed transgender woman Rita Hester to her apartment in Boston and fatally stabbed her inside.
One year later, transgender activists in San Francisco remembered the event with a candlelight vigil, which has become an annual, globally commemorated observance known as the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Recently, organizations like the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) inaugurated Transgender Awareness Week.
This year, MTPC is working with Fenway Health to provide an array of events, including launching of a new video. Other organizations, including local colleges and towns, have also scheduled activities.
Here’s some of what is being offered:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Celebrating Diverse Trans Masculine Sexualities: A Community Dialogue for Gay/Bisexual/Queer Trans Men and Trans Men Who Have Sex with Men. At Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, 9th floor conference center, Boston, from 6 to 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
‘I AM: Trans People Speak’ Fenway Video Premiere. At Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, 9th floor conference center, Boston, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Being Real, Kicking Ass, and Changing the World: How Trans People Are Getting It Done, featuring Mara Kiesling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality. At UMass Amherst:101 Campus Center, UMass Amherst, from 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Lowell: Trans Day of Remembrance Observance. Vigil starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Kerouac Commemorative in Lowell and proceeds down East Merrimack Street, ending at the Christ Church United where there will be speakers, reception, and open discussion.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Athens Boys Choir and Katastrophe. 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Society Meeting House, 220 Main Street, Northampton. This is a multi-media spoken word and hip-hop performance featuring two of the country’s most recognized trans-masculine artists. Free and open to the public.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Greenfield Community College (GCC) Alumni Association Speaker Series with Jennifer Madden, M.D. ’78: Gender Diversity Presentation and Panel Discussion. GCC Dining Commons on the Main Campus, One College Drive, Greenfield Massachusetts, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. Community Speak-Out, Candlelight Vigil, Hosted Reception at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street, Boston near Park St and Downtown Crossing subway lines. Starts at 4 p.m.
Worcester Trans Day of Remembrance. 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester Massachusetts.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
National Transgender Day of Remembrance
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Trans Day of Remembrance Memorial Event. The Veterans’ Hospital is holding its first Trans Day of Remembrance at 12:15pm. It is open to all, not only Veterans. At the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, Massachusetts.
Hampshire County Transgender Day of Remembrance. 5:30 p.m. at Unitarian Society Meeting House, 220 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. A candlelight march will proceed to First Churches, 129 Main Street, for a speak-out and reception. Sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center, the LGBT Coalition of Western Mass, the Big Ol’ Gay Committee of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, and the Hampshire County Transgender Day of Remembrance Planning Committee.
For more information, check out these web sites:
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition: www.masstpc.org
Fenway Health: fenwayfocus.org/2012/11/taw12/
Transgender Day of Remembrance: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender_Day_of_Remembrance
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