In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the UCF Multicultural Student Center will hold a candlelight vigil on November 20 at the Reflecting Pond 7 p.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was started 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 event recognizes the individuals lost due to anti-transgender violence and suicide. It raises awareness of hate crimes against transgender individuals, in addition to providing a public memorial where people can mourn the loss of those who have lost their lives. It also serves as a way for LGBTQ+ community and Allies to come together.
The schedule includes guest speakers Karen and Linda Schrader and a memorial to transgender individuals who have died this year, followed by a moment of silence to follow. Attendees will then have the opportunity to voice.
“TDOR brings awareness to hate and discrimination that continues to affect the world we live in, but it also allows us to celebrate the work that our communities are doing to bring about positive change while making a lasting impact,” said Brice Yates, coordinator and advisor for Multicultural Student Center.
Everyone is welcomed to join MSC in the observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.