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Amy Monsky
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

community.

I

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.

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.

What: Charleston's First Official Transgender Day of Remembrance
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 info@waf.org, or SHL President Amy Monsky at president@lowcountryhumanists.org.

The original event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/603617303099893


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