The Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, was set aside to recognize those who have been killed due to ignorance and hatred, targeted because they were trans or gender non-conforming. The first event took place in 1999 in San Francisco to honour Rita Hester, who had been brutally murdered the previous year.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Prayer
On this Transgender Day of Remembrance
we remember those who have been murdered
for being who they are,
those who face violence on a daily basis,
those who have lost loved ones,
and those who worry for loved ones.
May we come to a time when we
cease to shame children around
gender roles and expression,
and to a world that operates from love
especially when things are difficult and confusing.
May all of us who live with the threat of violence
find support, strength, community, hope,
and safety from violence.
by Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe