Triangle Foundation is speaking at a Day of Remebrance event in Ferndale
"Striving to improve the lives of transgender individuals in Michigan since 1997"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT 248-514-2688 NOVEMBER 7, 2004
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBERANCE
Nikki Nicholas and Tamyra Michaels were two local victims of senseless violence. This year TransGender Michigan,
Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center and the MCCD Church will be hosting two events. One will be in the
Detroit area/Ferndale. It will be held on November 18th at the Metropolitan Community Church located at 2441 Pinecrest
in Ferndale at 7:00 p.m. The other event will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church at 855 Grove St. in East
Lansing, next door to the East Lansing library.
Starting time will be 7:30 p.m. On a cold day on November 28th, 1998, a woman by the name of Rita Hester was
murdered. That was the year a web-based project was started by Gwendolyn Smith, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance
was born. The following year there was a candlelight vigil held in San Francisco to honor Ms. Hester and to bring
attention to the violence and bias that is perpetuated against the transgender community.
Between November 2002 and November 2003, there were over 30 victims from around the globe. So far this year
there have been 19 victims. The purpose of these vigils is to bring to light the violence that is brought
upon our community. The media will very rarely cover stories that involve violence against transgender individuals.
Many transgender people resort to survival sex work because of the high unemployment rate in the
transgender community. Once a john discovers their transgender identity, he or she will transfer their fears into
violence. Many more are just murdered for just being who they are. Michelle Fox-Phillips a director of TransGender
Michigan says, "This is getting out of hand, and something needs to be done. This violence needs to be stopped."