Saturday, November 21, 2009

GLIFAA's Trans Day of Remebrance

I missed this yesterday while travelling back from Massachusetts:

Trans Day of Remembrance

Washington, DC - Today GLIFAA honors and remembers those hurt and killed in acts of hate against the transgender community.

We remember and honor Ty'lia "NaNa Boo" Mack, a trans woman killed in August only a few blocks from the offices of Transgender Health Empowerment, in Washington, DC.

Join GLIFAA, Transgender Health Empowerment, the DC Trans Coalition, the Human Rights Campaign, and many other community based and national LGBT groups in the metro DC area for a vigil in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event tonight will feature speakers Diego Sanchez, openly-trans legislative aide to Senator Barney Frank, and Barry Peyton, father of recently murdered Ty'lia "Na Na Boo" Mack.

Friday November 20, 2009- 6:30 PM
Metropolitan Community Church
474 Ridge St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St Conv Ctr (Green/Yellow)

Visit the DC Trans Coalition Website

Contact if you need help getting to the event, or if you have any questions contact Sadie Ryanne Baker at (202) 557-1951

Gwendolyn Ann Smith began Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to honor Rita Hester, whose 1998 murder in Boston kicked off the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and a San Francisco, California candlelight vigil in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in hundreds of cities around the world.
GLIFAA Remembers Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

GLIFAA also wants to take this opportunity to remember Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, a gay male brutally killed in Puerto Rico after his assailant discovered he was a man dressed as a woman. A vigil will take place in New York City on Sunday, November 22 on the Christopher Street Pier at 5:00pm. Vigils will also occur in other cities accross the U.S.

GLIFAA, officially recognized by the U.S. State Department, represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) personnel and their families in the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, and other foreign affairs agencies and offices in the U.S. Government. Founded in 1992 by fewer than a dozen employees who faced official harassment simply because of their sexual orientation, GLIFAA continues to seek equality and fairness for LGBT employees and their families.

About DC Trans Coalition

The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is a volunteer, grassroots community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity, and equal access for transsexual, transgender and gender-diverse people in the District of Columbia.

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