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Transgender Day of Remembrance Event at Housing Works

On Thursday, November 20, Housing Works will observe the 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance with a vigil at its East New York residence and health care facility at 2605-09 Pitkin Ave., Brooklyn from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. This is the first Transgender Day of Remembrance event that Housing Works has held in Brooklyn.

As part of this nationwide event, transgender Housing Works clients, staff and allies will remember transgender people who have been victims of violence, while honoring those who have fought for equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

The Housing Works East New York choir will sing and attendees will light candles. They will also release balloons with a story and picture of a victim of transgender violence tied on to them.

Transgender people are more likely than their nontransgender counterparts to engage in sex work, be homeless or use drugs, putting them at greater risk for HIV. Housing Works, through the Transitional Transgender Housing Program and the Transgender Services program, offers comprehensive services for transgender New Yorkers that help them confront these challenges.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance began in 1999. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998 kicked off 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.

Despite the tragedies that are remembered this day, the ceremony Thursday will be uplifting.

“We want to honor warriors. We want to say we appreciate you for fighting the cause,” said Tracey Bumpus, the Housing Works case manager who is organizing this year’s event.

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 12:53 am

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