Transgender Day of Remembrance at UBC

Transgender Pride Flag

On November 20th, we honour those who have been lost to or suffered violence as a result of transphobia, as well as recognize the ongoing violence and oppression that trans people continue to face.

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

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 reflect on the work that still needs to be done.

We acknowledge that the engagements on this day do not sufficiently encompass the intersections of violence and identity in people’s lives, 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.

How to get involved?

UBC Vancouver

Beyond The Binary Workshop
November 18, 2020
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. PST
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We all share a responsibility to help our community members of all gender identities feel safe, supported, and able to thrive. In this online session, you’ll learn how to make spaces more inclusive and welcoming to Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary community members, including through watching a short film – Beyond the Binary at UBC.

Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women
November 19, 2020
6:00 p.m. PST
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Trans Scripts centers on the lives of seven transgender women. These true stories, compiled from over 70 interviews from around the world, are honest, funny, moving, insightful and inspiring. But most of all, they are human, shedding light not on our differences, but on what all people share.

Post Screening Discussion
November 19, 2020
7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. PST
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Co-presented with the frank theatre and UBC Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC Allard School of Law Outlaws, and UBC ARTIVISIM: Sex + The Unheard.

UBC Okanagan

TDOR 2020: Open to Expression
November 20, 2020
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. PST
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In honour of Transgender Day of Remembrance, The Pride Resource Centre, Equity & Inclusion Office and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic introduce Open to Expression, a virtual event focused on community, resilience, and the exploration of gender and identity through diverse expressions of art. There will be an open mic and a live art instillation with reflections from trans, 2Spirit, and non-binary artists. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.


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