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RALLY ON LIBRARY MALL, SAT., NOV. 20TH AT 5 PM HONORS THOSE WHO MET VIOLENT DEATHS DUE TO THEIR TRANSGENDER STATUS



Sent on behalf of the Madison Area Transgender Association from OutReach For more information, contact OutReach at (608) 255-8582

A rally commemorating the "Transgender Day of Remembrance," will occur on Saturday, Nov. 20th at 5 pm on the UW-Madison's Library Mall. Speakers will include Rep. Mark Pocan, transgender rights activist Laura Gutknecht, and gender therapist Sue Gill. The event is co-sponsored by the Madison Area Transgender Association, the UW Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, and OutReach.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was established to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, of San Francisco, who was murdered in November of 1998. Her murder ù like most anti transgender murder cases has yet to be solved.

This is the event's third year in Madison. Last year, approximately 70 people joined together to hear speeches, and participate in a candlelight vigil. A moving part of the vigil is the reading of the names of those who have died violently because of the irrational hatred of who they are. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identifies as transgendered ù that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant ù each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgendered people.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people, while it publicly mourns and honors the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten, giving allies a chance to stand in solidarity with their transgendered sisters and brothers.



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