Hello Ambassadors (& GSA/Rainbow Alliances/Diversity Clubs & All),
In 1998 Rita Hester was murdered in an act of extreme transphobia; this horrible incident sparked a San Francisco candlelight vigil and Remembering Our Dead, an online memorial project. Transgender Day of Remembrance, meant to honour, memorialize, and raise awareness about the victims of transphobia is now recognized on November 20th annually in 185 cities and 20 countries.
Transgender homicides receive little media attention and murderers are often never caught. As studies show that 55% of transgender youth will face physical violence and 90% do not feel safe in their school environment, raising awareness is imperative to educate those with discriminatory attitudes. Jer’s Vision has compiled this toolkit that will help you honour Transgender Day of Remembrance and memorialize those whose lives were cut tragically short by hatred.
Jer’s Vision is always available to help you find information and resources. If you want to get involved or learn more, visit JersVision.org and DayOfPink.org.