Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Transgender Day of Remembrance events set for Nov. 21

On Monday, Nov. 21, Stetson University's Kaleidoscope gay/straight alliance will host a series of events in honor of the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. The remembrance events are free and open to the public.
"This is a day in which individuals and groups around the world gather to remember those who have been murdered during the past year due to their gender identity or perceived gender identity," said Lexie Mucci, president of the Kaleidoscope student organization. " The goal of this event is not only to remember those lost, but to encourage dialogue on this topic, and to bring about positive change in our local communities."
From 12:45-1:00 p.m. students will conduct a " Die In" in front of the Carlton Union Building on campus. The circle drive in front of the CUB will be blocked off and students will lie in the roadway. Statistics will be shared to increase awareness about the hardship and discrimination transgender people face on daily basis. The event will be held in conjunction with event at other central Florida universities to make a large statement for acceptance and equality for all.
A vigil will be held on the lawn adjacent to the Hulley Tower at 7:00p.m. Since the film will be shown outside feel free to bring a chair and a blanket.  Also the film "A Girl Like Me; The Gwen Aroujo Story" will be shown. The film shares a story of a 17 year-old transgender girl who was beaten and murdered in 2002, and then buried in a shallow grave in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Immediately following the film, Kaleidoscope will hold a candlelight vigil and remember the nearly 20 people lost this year to hate and ignorance.
International Transgender Day of Remembrance was found in 2998 and is held every November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on Nov. 28, 1998, in Allston, Massachusetts.

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