The Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance Organizing Committee has announced that the annual event will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.
The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and include a speaking program, a community forum, and a candlelight vigil on Boston Common, across Tremont Street from the cathedral. After the ceremony, there will be a reception including hot drinks and food provided by the Cambridge-based Loaves & Fishes Meals Program.
The annual event was inspired by the murder of a local transgender woman known as Rita Hester. Hester was active in the rock music scene in Allston as well as the transgender community. She was found stabbed to death in her Brighton apartment in November 1998, but the murder was never solved.
Over the past 14 years, the remembrance sparked by that Boston death has become an international event that rallies transgender people and their allies to remember transgender people killed in hate crimes. Local victims who will be remembered include Chanelle Pickett, Debra Forte, Monique Thomas, Georgette Hart, Denise Pugliesi, Monique Rogers, and Lisa Daniels.
Funds raised at the event will help support the Transgender Emergency Fund and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Transgender Clinic Fund.