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Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20

In 1999, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith initiated the Transgender Day of Remembrance, establishing a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman tragically killed in 1998. This vigil served as a poignant tribute, commemorating all transgender individuals lost to violence since Rita Hester’s untimely death. Over time, this event evolved into the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, marking a significant and meaningful tradition.

November 20th marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance, dedicated to honoring the memories of transgender individuals lost to acts of anti-transgender violence. It is a day to recognize the ongoing struggles against violence and discrimination within the transgender community as they strive for more just and inclusive societies. The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador encourages transgender individuals and their allies to share their stories, amplifying the voices and experiences of the transgender and gender non-conforming community.

Through its Equity and Diversity Committee, The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion within the legal profession. The Committee, as part of its mandate, seeks to raise awareness about crucial issues for equity-seeking groups, including the transgender community. It is important to reflect on the oppression, social stigma, violence, and injustice faced by the trans community. Members are urged to acknowledge the contributions of the trans community to the legal profession and actively contribute to making it more equitable and diverse.

Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 by either attending or organizing a vigil. This observance is an opportunity to pay respects to transgender individuals who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. It also encourages learning about the challenges faced by the transgender community.

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