Transgender Day of Remembrance


BCC participates annually in this important day of remembrance of our Transgender family. Join us at Shabbat services for a special service.

Friday, November 22 at 8:00pm Transgender Remembrance Day  Shabbat Services with Herb Toplan & Elissa Barrett-Gershick.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), memorializes trans individuals who have died because of anti-transgender discrimination and victimization. It occurs annually on and around November 20 each year. 

TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence,” said Smith. “I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.


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