Carolinas rally for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Observances this week mark those lost to violence

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: November 19, 2013 in News

The colors of the transgender community flag are cast on the South Carolina State House during a Transgender Day of Remembrance event on Nov. 15. Photo Credit: Ryan Wilson/Facebook.

The colors of the transgender community flag are cast on the South Carolina State House during a Transgender Day of Remembrance event on Nov. 15. Photo Credit: Ryan Wilson/Facebook.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Local LGBT communities across the Carolinas will rally to support increased awareness on anti-transgender violence during local observances of the national Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The national memorial day is celebrated on Nov. 20 each year, though some communities like Columbia, S.C., held commemoration services over the weekend.

Dozens attended the Saturday event at the South Carolina State House, hosted by SC Equality TransAction, Palmetto Transgender Association, Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, and the SC Gay & Lesbian Business Guild. The groups used special lighting to cast the colors of the transgender community flag onto the steps of the Palmetto State’s capitol building.

Palmetto Transgender Association & Myrtle Beach T-Time held a similar event in Myrtle Beach on Sunday.

Transgender Day of Remembrance traces its roots the Nov. 28, 1998, murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Mass. In response, the “Remembering Our Dead” web project was launched in 1999 and a candlelight vigil was held. The event memorializes those people who were lost to violence based on bias against transgender people. National organizers have listed about 70 people who lost their lives to violence this year.

Remembrance events are planned across the Carolinas. Check out our list below.

Memorial: Asheville, N.C.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
87 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801

Lowcountry Candlelight Vigil: Beaufort, S.C.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
178 Sams Point Rd.
Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort

Memorial: LGBT Community Center of Charlotte
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
2508 N. Davidson St.
A memorial event and reception will be held.

Memorial: UNC-Charlotte
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Students, faculty and staff will gather in the Student Union Rotunda to read the names of those people whose lives have been lost.

Upstate Candlelight Memorial: Greenville, S.C.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
On the corners of E. North St. & Church St.
Hosted by GenderBenders

Candlelight Vigil: Raleigh, N.C.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6-7:15 p.m.
Hosted at the North Carolina Capitol Building
W. Morgan St. & Fayetteville St.
A gathering with friends, with light snacks and refreshments, will follow at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., 7:15-9 p.m.