Transgender Day of Remembrance
MCC Churches world-wide observation
Next week, on 20th November, we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR was started in 1999 as a way to remember the death of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was murdered in her own home. Rita’s story is not an isolated incident. Trans* people remain one of the most marginalized groups in our communities experiencing higher rates of violence from both the public and law enforcement, rape, homelessness, depression, lack of access to medical care, and suicide. As a faith community committed to social justice we bear the responsibility of joining with our trans* siblings to increase trans* visibility, especially during this time when political forces in many communities around the globe are actively working to legally deny the inherent dignity of trans* folks.