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8th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to Take Place November 20th

(SAN DIEGO) – The 8th Annual San Diego Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Friday November 20, 2009, at 6 pm at The Center (3909 Centre Street). There will be a silent march from The Center down University Avenue, with a program to follow in the Center’s auditorium beginning at 7 P.M. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.

According to the website RememberingOurDead.org, the Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.

Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and publicly mourns and honors the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten.

For more information on events planned for the 8th Annual San Diego Transgender Day of Remembrance please contact Connor Maddocks at (619) 692-2077, ext. 109, or cmaddocks@thecentersd.org.