UW News

November 19, 2009

Transgender Day of Remembrance events on Nov. 20

This week, the UW’s Q Center is hosting several events to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20. The day is a national remembrance of people who have been murdered out of anti-transgendered hatred or prejudice. The Q Center is located at 450 Schmitz.

The center held a two-hour panel discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, titled “Working Towards Justice from a Place of Grief” at the Ethnic Cultural Center. There, community activists discussed working with and through grief to achieve meaningful anti-oppression work.

The events will continue throughout Friday, Nov. 20, with the following three events:

  • The Q Center’s conference room will be set aside from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who would like to quietly remember victims of violence through prayer or meditation.
  • There will be a symbolic “die-in” event to raise awareness of anti-transgender violence and prejudice at 12:20 p.m. in Red Square and lasting for about a half-hour. (Participants are asked to wear dark clothing and to meet at noon in front of the Broken Obelisk sculpture for orientation.)
  • There will be an evening candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Montlake and Pacific in front of the UW entrance stairs. The vigil is to show love and respect for those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.

To learn more about the Q Center and the events and its programs and services or about Transgender Day of Remembrance at the UW, visit online here.