An observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 18th from 1 to 2 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 136 Main St, Saranac Lake.
Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20th, and is a day to memorialize those who were murdered as the result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people).
TDOR, as it is often referred to, was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman to memorialize the murder of her friend Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.
These free non-denominational events are open to the public and co-sponsored by Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community, First Presbyterian Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Saranac Lake, Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance:
Sunday November 18th 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship of Plattsburgh
4 Palmer St, Plattsburgh, NY
Sunday November 18th 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,
136 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY.
Tuesday November 20th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Children’s Reading Room
Plattsburgh City Library
19 Oak Street
TDOR is observed in cities and countries around the world. This year (as of November 1st) at least 23 people have been been reported to have been murdered in the United States alone, just for being transgender. A majority of these victims are transgender women of color. This crime has been historically under-reported, and the number is believed to be much higher.
For more information contact Kelly Metzgar of Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance at (518) 637-7253.