Trans* Day of Remembrance 2013

by | November 16, 2013
filed under LGBT

Candle in the centre of the transgender symbolby Jarrah Hodge

This post uses an asterisk after the prefix trans- as a way to include all non-cisgender gender identities.

The annual Trans* Day of Remembrance is coming up on November 20th and will be observed with vigils and other events around the world.

As we take time to mourn those trans* people who lost their lives, we must also consider, as Tash said in her post last year, that “many of these victims experienced multiple forms of oppression including class, race, and gender. Many of these victims were women of colour.”

The Transgender Day of Remembrance Website has a list (trigger warning) of those who need to be remembered from the past year, and as usual it’s heartbreaking to read.

Here is the list of TDoR events in Canada, taken from the main TDoR website. If there are any I’ve missed, please post in the comments below.

Calgary, Alberta

Sunday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.
The Old Y Centre for Community Organizations, 223 12 Avenue SW

Clarenville, Newfoundland

Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 a.m.
Clarenville Town Hall

Gander, Newfoundland

Tuesday, November 19, 12 noon
Gander Town Hall

Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland

Saturday, November 16, 9:30 p.m.
Grand Falls-Windsor Town Hall

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington Street

Kingston, Ontario

Wednesday, November 20
10:00 a.m. flag-raising and proclamation read by the Mayor of Kingston
7:00 p.m. candle-light vigil
Kingston City Hall, 216 Ontario St

London, Ontario

Tuesday, November 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The County Building, 399 Ridout Street

AND

Wednesday, November 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
UNIFOR (CAW) Local 27 Hall, 608 First Street

Regina, Saskatchewan

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
University of Regina in The Pit (Ad Hum Building), 3737 Wascana Parkway

Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 p.m.
Candlelight vigil and memorail at Centennial Park, Ganges

Springdale, Newfoundland

Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 p.m.
Springdale Town Hall

St. John, New Brunswick

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
King’s Square

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Panel at the University Centre, The Landing, Room 3018

Vancouver, B.C. (and area)

Monday, November 18, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Dialogue at SFU, MBC Room 2290
Facebook event page

AND

Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.
UBC at the AMS Art Gallery in the Student Union Building
Facebook event page


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  • Alison

    I appreciate you doing this post every year. I live in a small town and we’ve never had an event that I know of so it’s a helpful reminder to at least think about the problem…I wish there was more I could do from where I am.

    • Jarrah Hodge

      Thanks Alison. I’m not sure where you live but have you ever thought about starting an event near you? Or you could even look at asking your local town council to do a proclamation or put a display in a local library or community centre, if it’s more feasible than organizing an event. If there are trans* organizations in your community that’s a good place to start to see if anything’s been tried.