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Capitol Hill: Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The trans community continues to suffer persecution and violence at the hands of trans-phobic people and groups. Add to this the current administration’s attempts to erase trans people out of existence, and it becomes clear that now, more than ever, we as a community must stand together in solidarity against this oppression and hate.
Last year in the United States, at least 29 transgender people died as a direct result of fatal violence, the most ever recorded. 2018 has already seen at least 23 trans people killed by violent means. While the work towards justice and equality for transgender people continues, we must also mourn those we have already lost.
November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, and we are honoring this solemn day with a gathering at Seattle Central College, Room 1110 on the first floor of the Broadway Edison (main campus) building, at 1701 Broadway. Room 1110 is located towards the south side of the building on the lowest level facing Broadway, and is handicap accessible. There will be signs to guide you. This is a large indoor/outdoor space, ideal for gathering in solidarity and support of those whose lives have been lost, and those who continue to fight for equality and acceptance. In these times, it is more important than ever that we have highly visible events like this, for the community to show solidarity and reassure our trans brothers and sisters that they are not alone!
We will be holding a candlelight vigil to read the names of those who’ve lost their lives to anti-trans hate crimes and violence. Due to fire code restrictions, the candlelighting portion of the ceremony will be held on the attached large patio of the space, so please dress appropriately for inclement weather. As an added touch, we will also be releasing wish lanterns in honor of the victims in other countries, to spread our remembrance of them across the city. Please join us if you can, and help spread the word! If you plan to attend, please click the “going” button to reserve your candle (we need to know how many to get!), and we will see you there!
Guest speakers to be announced!
With grateful support and sponsorship from the Sisters Of The Mother House Of Washington, Seattle Central College, and Spectrum Club of SCC.
***This is not a protest, or an event to engage in or promote hate, hate-speech,or violence. This is a peaceful gathering, and a sacred space. Please be mindful of the energy and attitude you bring to it. There will be security on-site for the duration of the event for the safety and comfort of all***