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Transgender Day of Remembrance at UBC

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On November 20th, we honour those lost to violence, those who live through violence and transphobia, and recognize the need to disrupt the violence and oppression that trans people continue to face.

The first Transgender Day of Remembrance took place in 1999 after the murder of Rita Hester, a Black trans woman, in November of the previous year.

Trans people at UBC and in our broader communities continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence and each year more community members die as a result of acts of transphobia.

This is a significant and important day to remember trans lives lost, to reflect on how each one of us can better support trans individuals in our communities, and to reaffirm our commitment and investment in the work that still remains to be done.

We acknowledge, however, that the words, reflections, and intentions on this day can not sufficiently encompass the intersections of violence and identity in people’s lives. This consideration includes particularly the disproportionate amount of violence that impacts trans women, trans feminine folk, and trans people of colour, as well as the greater complexities of violence as a whole.

Featured UBC events

November 19, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Painting the Cairn in honour of TDoR (Instagram)

Hosted by Gears and Queers
University of British Columbia Engineering Cairn (map)

Featured community events

November 20, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Vigil to honor the 2022 Trans Day of Remembrance (Facebook)

Hosted by Surrey Dyke March
Holland Park, Surrey, BC (map)


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