Transgender Day of Remembrance at UBC

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.

Read President Santa Ono’s blog post on observing Trans Day of Remembrance.

How to get involved?

UBC Vancouver

Reading + Conversation with Cid V. Brunet
November 19, 2021
3:00 pm
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Cid V Brunet is a nonbinary author living in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal. They spent their twenties stripping in clubs across Canada and now write on themes of sex work, harm reduction and queer community.

They received a degree in creative writing from Douglas College and recently published their first book, This Is My Real Name, to critical acclaim.

Painting the Cairn
November 17, 2021
1:00 pm

Gears & Queers present Painting the Cairn for TDOR. Join the painting of the Engineering Cairn and help mark Trans Day of Remembrance and the 2SLTBGQ+ in STEM Day at UBC. Wear clothes you can get a little messy in – paint and good tunes provided.

UBC Okanagan

Vigil + Community Building at UBCO
November 19, 2021
11:00 pm
Learn more here.

Honour Transgender Day of Remembrance – stop by this year’s interactive booth in recognition of November 20th. There will be candles, resources, refreshments and a collaborative art piece. All faculty, staff and students are welcomed and encouraged to stop by.

Hosted by the Pride Resource Centre, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office, and the Trans Peer Mentorship Program.

Positive Space Workshop
November 19, 2021
12:00 pm
Learn more here.

This edition of Trans Day of Remembrance for our Positive Space workshop will dive deeper into conceptions of gender and sexuality, while inviting participants to consider ways to center 2SLGTBQIA+ community care in our personal and professional lives.

Organized by the College of Graduate Studies and the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office.


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