[act-ma] Sun. 11/20: Trans Awareness at Occupy Boston

Reed Miller reedmiller17 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 12:37:26 PST 2011


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*This Sunday 11/20, join the Occupy Boston Queer and Trans Caucus in
commemorating
the Transgender Day of Remembrance <http://www.transgenderdor.org/> in
Boston <http://www.masstpc.org/events/tdor/>.*
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There are three events planned:

*Transgender Awareness Workshop*
*11am, Occupy Boston stage*
Tips for being a trans ally, a look into the complexities of sex, gender,
gender identity/expression, and sexuality.
Discussion of trans economic justice issues.

*March to Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil*
*3pm, meet in plaza by info tent*
Grab a sign and march with us!
Many of us feel like we cannot rely on the police and prisons to protect
our communities.
We need real solutions to transphobia.

*Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil*
*4pm, St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont St*

Twelve years ago at this time, Boston's LGBT community recoiled in horror
at the discovery of the latest victim of transphobic violence. Rita Hester,
a popular figure in the local rock 'n roll scene, who also happened to be a
transsexual, had been found brutally stabbed to death in her Brighton
apartment. Like so many killings of gay and transgender persons, the victim
was subjected to enough brutality to kill her many times over.

A local community of queer activists, rockers, family, friends and allies
-- over 250 of them -- came together and held a speak-out and candlelight
vigil in Rita's honor, forming a human stream of light winding its way
through Rita's old Allston stomping grounds.

One year later, a memorial vigil was held in San Francisco; the following
year Boston and a few other cities joined in, and this year hundreds of
observances will be held in dozens of countries.

Boston's transgender community remembers local
victims<http://www.masstpc.org/events/tdor/dor-malist.shtml> Chanelle
Pickett, Debra Forte, Monique Thomas, Georgette Hart, Denise Pugliesi,
Monique Rogers, Lisa Daniels, CJ Garber, and Rita Hester. There have been
many more, mostly uncounted and unnoticed by all but their friends and
family.
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