TransGender Michigan announces Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Thursday, November 20, 2003, TransGender Michigan will take part in the National Transgender Day of Remembrance, originated by Gwen Smith of

According to, "The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 kicked off the 'Remembering Our Dead' web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities across the world."

The transgender community has seen an alarming number of trans-bias murders in 2003. "Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating," reported The Transgender Day of Remembrance works to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people.

TransGender Michigan will be sponsoring two events on Nov. 20th in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance: at 7:00 p.m. the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit at 2441 Pinecrest in Ferndale, and at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing in East Lansing. Speakers include representatives from the office of Governor Jennifer Granholm; Rachel Crandall, ACSW, Executive Director of Transgender Michigan; Jay Kaplan, Staff Attorney for the LGBT Law Project of the ACLU; Berl Schwartz, editor and publisher of the City Pulse; and a representative from the office of Senator Virgil Bernero.

For more information about the Transgender Day of Remembrance events sponsored by TransGender Michigan, contact Rachel Crandall at 517-347-3681, or visit the TransGender Michigan webpage at

There will also be an event in Ann Arbor on Nov. 20 sponsored by the Transgender Advocacy Project and co-sponsored by the UM Office of LGBT Affairs. A vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan Diag, followed by a gathering at 7:45 p.m. in the Kuenzel Room in the Michigan Union. For more info contact Kelly at UM LGBT Affairs at 734-763-4186 or email


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