Nov 19 2014
|SHL - Transgender Day of Remembrance 11/20|
The following e-mail announcement was sent by Amy Monsky to the SHL News and Updates mailing list:
SHL is pleased to announce that we are an associate sponsor of Charleston's first-ever Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) this year! Transgender Day of
Remembrance occurs annually on November 20. It is a day to memorialize
those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or
fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring
attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender
hope SHL's members and supporters make an effort to come to this. If it seems that trans
issues are not relevant to you, please reconsider. Trans issues have a
strong intersection with humanist and atheist issues. As proponents of
evidence-based values, it is important for humanists
to embrace all people, regardless of gender identity and expression, as
individuals worthy of equality and basic human dignity, and to denounce
the religious dogma and faith in archaic text over modern science that
perpetuate discrimination, shaming, and violence against transgender
people. Also, trans victims are not all equal. There is a
disproportionate amount of violence against trans women of color,
especially those who are sex workers. Much of this is rooted in
religious bigotry. We humanists and atheists need to take a stand in solidarity.
TDoR was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn
Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and
activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston,
Massachusetts. Since it's inception, TDoR has been held annually on
November 20, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started
by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was
observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.
What: Charleston's First Official Transgender Day of Remembrance
Charleston's TDoR event is co-sponsored by SC Equality Trans Action and
We Are Family, and there will be several associate sponsors, including
us. SHL is very happy to be able to show our support of the transgender
community and to take a stand against the horrible violence that is
perpetrated against them.
When: Thursday, November 20, 7pm (FREE and open to the public)
Where: Unitarian Church In Charleston, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston, SC
Parking is available In the garage at 93 Queen Street.
For more information email SC Equality TransAction
Chair Amy Garbati at Amy@scequality.org, We Are Family Executive
Director Melissa Moore at email@example.com, or SHL President Amy Monsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The original event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/603617303099893
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