On Saturday, November 20th, Memphians will gather at Tom Lee Park to honor the memory of thousands of transgender violence victims from around the world.
The national candlelight vigil is held in November to honor Rita Hester, an African American transgender woman who was murdered in Allston, Maine on Nov. 28th, 1998. Hester's death spurred the "Remembering Our Dead" web project, followed by the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in San Francisco in 1999.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is intended to raise awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and to publicly mourn those victims whose lives were taken to transgender violence.
The event begins at 4:30 p.m. For more information, check out the Transgender Day of Remembrance Facebook page.