International Trans Day of Remembrance. In 2019, on Wednesday November 20, it will be the twentieth anniversary of International Trans Day of Remembrance. The Trans Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is now held every November to honour Rita Hester whose murder on November 28, 1998 inspired the “Remembering Our Dead” web project, and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder – like most anti-transgender murder cases – has yet to be solved.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as trans – each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people. This Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against trans and gender-variant people, and publicly mourns and honours those lost lives. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for all people in the face of indifference and hatred. This Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that it is their children, parents, friends, lovers and neighbours who suffer, and allies have an opportunity to step forward and stand together with trans folk in vigil, memorializing those who have died.
Between October 1 2018 and September 30 2019, there have been a reported 368 trans lives lost due to violence. These are only the deaths that are reported; many locales do not report, and there are likely many more victims whose violent deaths are not reported as such. This does not take into account those victims of violence who survived.
In Kamloops, on Wednesday November 20, join with Kamloops Pride to remember. Gather at Blenz between 6 pm -8 pm, for a time of art/black-out poetry and open mic.
From United Church Diversity tool kit
It’s the Law. All United Church ministries need to comply with federal and provincial laws. The Canadian Human Rights Commission states that “Every person in Canada—regardless of whom they love, or how they identify or express their gender— has the right to live free without fear of discrimination, violence or exclusion, and to be fully included and embraced in all facets of Canadian society.”1 “Bill C-16: An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code”2 officially became law on June 19, 2017. It added gender identity and expression to the hate crimes provisions of the Criminal Code and as a prohibited ground for discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act. This law makes it clear that it is never okay to discriminate against someone or target them for violence because of how they identify or express their gender. Adding gender identity and expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act means that trans people have the same human rights as everyone else. It means trans people in Canada—like all other Canadians—are entitled to a life of equality, dignity, and respect, and a life free from discrimination. The federal government and every province and territory in Canada have enacted human rights acts that prohibit discrimination and harassment on the grounds of gender identity (most also include gender expression). These laws are enforced by human rights commissions and tribunals, and ensure that people, businesses, schools, churches, and governments are held accountable if a trans person’s rights are not respected. Learn more from the Canadian Human Rights Commission about what discrimination looks like at www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/eng/content/what-discrimination