Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Today is the international Transgender Day of Remembrance, to memorialize those who were killed this year due to anti-transgender hate or bias.
Locally, the event will be marked at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh Downtown tonight. The event, Trans* Day of Remembrance, starts at 5:30 p.m. with food, drinks, free HIV and STD tests, and healthcare, with a screening of those lost. At 6:30 p.m. there will be an address and vigil.
As the event website notes, the * on Trans notes that "although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, cross-dresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people."
The event is in collaboration with the GLCC of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Health Department, Judah Fellowship Christian Church, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Persad Center, True T Entertainment, Project Silk, Pittsburgh Black Pride, TransPride and First United Methodist Church.