Transgender Day of Remembrance—Open to Everyone
with Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color (BIAPoC) Sangha
November 30, 2023
The Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color and Culture (BIAPoC) Affinity Groups will lead a vigil and call for social justice, via Zoom, in honor of the national Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which is officially held on November 20th of each year. Begun in 1999 to commemorate the brutal murder of Rita Hester, a Black transgender woman, TDOR has become an important annual gathering to highlight and honor the victims of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.
The murder of transgender people has historically fallen massively and disproportionately on Black and other Transgender Women of Color and Culture, and there has been a dramatic rise in the number of such murders in recent years. Of these, Transfeminine BIAPoC are some of the most marginalized among us, and too easily erased and made invisible. We must not let that happen.
We come together to say their names, recognize their humanity, and mourn their passing. The evening will also honor other transgender and gender nonconforming victims that have died from hate crimes. As a sangha, this evening is a chance to affirm our support of all those who identify as transgender and gender non-conforming.
Please consider participating in this service as a name reader when you register.
All are invited to share in this evening, helping to honor, heal and call forth a world free from suffering and the roots of suffering.
Affinity Group members of the Mountains & Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism (MRO). You can contact the TGNC Affinity Group at email@example.com, and the BIAPoC Affinity Groups (including Asian Sangha and People of African Descent groups) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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