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Trans* Day of Remembrance 2012

by Tash Wolfe

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

November 20th is the Trans* Day of Remembrance, a day that was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as trans*, each was a victim of violence based on bias against trans* people.

As a trans* identified person who works in social services, I am often asked to speak, write, or facilitate about trans* identities and the ways that trans* people can experience oppression. November is a time when many people ask if I am going to organize or attend a vigil on the 20th. Often, I am asked questions about my personal narrative and how I feel about my personal safety and the increased risk that I must experience not being cisgender.

I often choose to attend Trans* Day of Remembrance events, but not because of my own gender identity. I recognize that I hold many privileges; privileges that were not granted to many of the people whose names are read each year at vigils around the world. Many of these victims experienced multiple forms of oppression including class, race, and gender. Many of these victims were women of colour.

I am white and working class. My wife and I are both university students. Although, I am a survivor of poverty, homelessness, addiction, and survival sexual exploitation, I have many privileges that allow me to now live without fear of having my name read out at the annual vigils. Read more

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2011 Trans Day of Remembrance

This Sunday, November 20, marks the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. On this day, events such as vigils are held around the world to remember and mourn those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence.

As usual, the list of dead is long and heartbreaking. Here are just a few of the individuals we remember this year (trigger warning for transphobic violence):

Idania Roberta Sevilla Raudales

Idania was 58 years old. She was one of six trans women to be killed in Honduras in a period of 2 months in late 2010. She had owned a beauty salon in Comayaguela.

Shelley Hilliard

The youngest person on the list at age 19, Detroit  woman Shelley Hilliard was found dismembered and burned in late 2010. Queerty notes her death is one of several in which trans people have been attacked through burning. Shelley’s nickname was Treasure. She was a model and hair dresser.

Jessica Rollon

The most recent murder on the list is that of Jessica Rollon, a 32 year old woman from Italy who was strangled to death last month and dumped by the side of the road. Disgustingly, after her death, local press insisted on using her name and feminine pronouns in quotations marks.

Here are the events I was able to find information for across Canada. If you have an event that isn’t listed here, please post it in the comments below. For events in other countries, visit the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website.


Sunday, November 20 – 5:30-8:30 pm
March begins at The Carnegie Community Center.
401 Main St. (corner of Main & Hastings)
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 West Hastings St – Segal Room – back of the main floor of the building. Room # 1400/1410


Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 1:30 – 4:30 pm
The Old Y – 223 12 Avenue SW


Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 7-9 pm
McDougall United Church, 10086-101 Street

Guelph, Ontario:

Monday, November 21st – 7:30pm
Out On The Shelf, 141 Woolwich St, Unit 106
Presented by the paTio trans support group


Hosted by the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project
Sunday 20th – 7.00-9.00pm. Doors 6:30 PM
At Veith House ( 3115 Veith St., Halifax Nova Scotia )


Sunday November 20 – 2pm – 4 pm
1206-6 Ave S (Lethbridge HIV Connection)
Along with an opportunity to remember lives lost due to transhobia and violence,
there will be a round table discussion on issues of safety and violence for trans people.

London, Ontario:

Sunday, November 20 – 1pm – 3pm
CAW Local 27 Hall, 606 1st Street

Nelson, BC:

Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 5-6 pm
at the corner of Ward and Baker streets.

Sackville, New Brunswick:

Saturday, November 19, 2011 – 7:00 pm
at the Mount Allison University Chapel
15 Salem Street


Monday, November 21, 2011
University Pride Centre


Friday, November 18th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
At the 519 Church Street Community Centre (at 519 Church St.)


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