Transgender Day of Remembrance

Janet Mock

Tomorrow is the annual Transgender Day or Remembrance, a both heartbreaking and hopeful memorial held every year since 2007 to mourn and remember those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.

Here in Portland events from somber to celebratory will be taking place all around town, including a Mass of Healing at the MCC Church (2400 NE Broadway) at 7pm. But one of the biggest gatherings will be the PSU Queer Resource Center sponsored presentation with writer Janet Mock.

Janet Mock is a writer and advocate, who publicly shared her teenage transition story in Marie Claire and a video testimony for the It Gets Better project in 2011 in one of the most prominent trans coming out stories to date.

Janet lives and writes in New York City, where she covered pop culture and entertainment as Staff Editor at People.com for more than five years. She serves on the programs committee at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, where she’s building the LGBTQ youth center’s transgender-specific programming, creating resources and services for young trans women. She is a recipient of the Sylvia Rivera Activist Award by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and a 2012 nominee for the first-ever Women’s Media Center Social Media Award. She also served as co-chair, nominee and presenter at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards. In her talk tomorrow she will discuss the women who have triumphed and dealt with tragedy in our movement, from Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson to CeCe McDonald, Gwen Araujo and the women Ms. Mock fights alongside today.

Alley Hector

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