In my five years at Montclair, I have met many people, I have seen many diverse events and I have learned about many other cultures, ethnicities and interests of my fellow peers. I think we would all agree that Montclair is pretty diverse. However, there is one special day that occurs in the middle of November that seems to always be neglected, even by the LGBTQ community, the community it is primarily a part of. This day is Transgender Remembrance Day.The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held every November to honor Rita Hester, who was murdered on Nov. 28, 1998 into a transgender-related hate crime. Her death caused the community to start the “Remembering Our Dead” project and hold the first ever Transgender Remembrance Vigil in San Francisco in 1999. The “Remembering Our Dead” project helps us commemorate others who have died in transgender-related hate crimes by listing their names, their causes of death and any other relevant information.So, why is this particular event overlooked? One reason may be that a lot of people don’t know what transgenderism is, or how to react to it...........On Nov. 20 this year, people around the world will be commemorating the eighth annual Transgender Remembrance Day. While we are remembering those lost, we are also fighting for acceptance and change. 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. We must move forward and raise more awareness, and make sure that these crimes are lessened. Every person makes a difference. Make yourself aware and fight for change.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
By: Dorian Nappo
Posted by De Sube at 11/12/2009 08:56:00 AM