This Sunday, November 20th was the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). TDoR is a day of memoriam for trans/gender diverse/gender queer people who have been killed or drawn to take their own lives through acts of hatred and prejudice, both systemic and singular, individualized and collective.
From the SASC/Pride UBC TDoR Event Description:
“The first Transgender Day of Remembrance occurred in 1999 after the murder of Rita Hester, a black trans woman, in November 1998. TDoR is an annual event on November 20th that honours those who have been lost to violence as a result of transphobia, as well as recognizes the ongoing violence and oppression that trans people continue to face. We acknowledge that this definition does not sufficiently encompass the intersections of violence in people’s lives, and particularly the disproportionate amount of violence that impacts trans women, trans feminine folk, and trans people of colour, as well as the greater complexities of violence as a whole. However, this is still a significant and important day to remember who we have lost, to support who is still here, and to reflect on the work that still needs to be done.”
The Sexual Assault Support Centre and Pride UBC will be holding an Intra Trans Solidarity Discussion and a Trans Allyship Discussion from 3-4:30 in the Nest today, November 21st, followed by a vigil in the Hatch Art Gallery from 5-7pm. Find information here.
A few of our programmers devoted all or some of their air time this past week to discussions of the day, find them here:
The upcoming episode of Babe Waves, Thursday 5PM-6PM, will also dedicate time to TDoR discussion.
We also have a special broadcast of the book release for The Remedy from Arsenal Pulp Press, a collection of Queer and trans voices writing on health and healthcare, featuring contributors from the book doing readings. The broadcast features The Remedy contributors doing essential readings from the book. It will be available on CiTR.ca later this Thursday, under special broadcasts. Hear it on-air at CiTR 101.9FM or online through our stream on Thursday, November 24th, 1PM-3PM.