“Please join Sussex County Pride for a vigil recognizing Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 20th, starting at 3pm on the Newton Green. Join the LGBTQI+ community and their allies to honor the lives we have lost. The vigil will include speakers, reading of the names and light refreshments. The vigil will remember the lives of the 46 transgender and gender non-confirming people whose deaths have been documented since January 1st, making 2021 the deadliest year on record for trans and gender non-confirming people.”
Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
This will be Sussex County's first vigil honoring transgender and gender non-conforming lives lost. Please join us Saturday at 3 on the Newton Green, and contact Sussex County Pride with any questions.
Source: Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil | Sparta, NJ News TAPinto