Archive for September, 2010

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Saturday, November 20th, 2010 11:00 am, Ottawa Police Headquarters 474 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance will be a three event day this year. Starting at 1:00 pm the Ottawa Police Services will host a Flag Raising at Ottawa Police Headquarters, 474 Elgin St.

Immediately following the Flag Raising there will be a Transgender March to Parliament Hill to show our support for Bill C-389.

A Candle Light Vigil will be held at 7:00 pm at the Canadian Human Rights Monument to commemorate the people who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice in this past year.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was established to memorialize those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

The project Remembering our Dead www.rememberingourdead.org was launched following Rita Hesters murder on November 28th 1998.

A year later a Candle Light Vigil was held in San Francisco. Since then the Transgender Community has held numerous events in cities around the world on November 20th to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is also an opportunity for the Transgender Community to raise awareness and celebrate the positive things that have happened in our community.

The Flag Raising at Ottawa Police Headquarters, which is a Canadian first, and Bill C-389 being debated in Parliament are among the highlights. Bill C-389 – currently awaiting Third Reading – will add Gender Identity and Gender Expression to the Human Rights Code.

This will give Transgender people specific rights under the law, that are currently lacking

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