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Friday, November 12, 2010

Chicago Transgender Coalition Remembers Those Lost

The Chicago Transgender Coalition has organized a Chicago Vigil for the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 20th. The vigil is being organized to remember the lives of sixteen (16) transgender individuals from the United States and Puerto Rico lost since last year's Day of Remembrance, a number that includes Sandy Woulard of Chicago.

What:  Transgender Day of Remembrance

When: 5:00PM
Where: Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL

The event is held every year across the globe in November, and began as an effort to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was murdered in San Francisco in 1998. It was in her memory that the first vigil was organized. The Transgender Day of Remembrance, that grew from this initial outpouring of grief, serves several purposes. According to the coalition, this event raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, and also gives the LGBTQ community the opportunity to publicly mourn and honor the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten.

Contact the coalition to sign on as an organization sponsor.
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