Boston: City Council recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance began in 1999 as a vigil to commemorate Rita Heter, a transgender woman and activist killed in 1998. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance to honor the memories of transgender people and gender non-conforming individuals lost to acts of anti-transgender violence, as well as to raise awareness about the pervasive discrimination, harassment, and disenfranchisement of transgender individuals.

The 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-affected Hate Violence Report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects shows that, of the victims murdered, 80 percent were people of color, 55 percent were transgender women, and 50 percent were transgender women of color.

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Studies from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National LGBTQ Task Force document report that transgender and gender non-conforming individuals face greater systemic discrimination and harassment in education, employment, housing and public accommodations.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to raise public awareness, combat stigma, and highlight the countless contributions of our transgender and gender non-conforming community.stats

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