Harrisburg Capital Steps – Transgender Day of Remembrance

This evening right after sunset about 70 LGBT individuals, organizations, and allies observed Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov. 20 on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capital.

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The annual remembrance honors Rita Hester, whose murder on Nov. 28, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Hester’s murder – like most anti-transgender murder cases – has yet to be solved.

Jeanine Rusman, president, TransCentral PA

Jeanine Rusman, president, TransCentral PA

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender – that is, as a transsexual, cross-dresser, or otherwise gender-variant -many were a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people or were themselves overwhelmed with despair.

Nov. 12 was National Day of Remembrance and all through the month communities hosted events, including Bethlehem, Collegeville, Drexel Hill, Kutztown, Kutztown University, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chatham University, Reading, Washington,
West Chester University, University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State.

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