HARTFORD — Connecticut will observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Friday by commemorating the slaying of transgender people in hate crimes motivated by prejudice. In the past 12 months 97 known murders of transgender people worldwide have been recorded, 10 of which occurred in the United States.
Members of Connecticut’s transgender community and its allies will hold a candlelight procession at 5:15 p.m. from First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Ave., to the North steps of the State Capitol where they will rally at 5:30 p.m. Speakers will call for passage of a Connecticut state law banning discrimination based on gender identity or expression in housing and employment.
“Discrimination is part of a continuum of violence with murder as the ultimate extreme,” said Tasha Rose Lombardi, a member of the City of Hartford Commission on LGBT issues.
Following the rally, there will be a Program of Remembrance at Metropolitan Community Church, 155 Wyllys St. at 7 p.m.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held each November to honor Rita Hester, a transsexual woman whose murder on Nov. 28, 1998 prompted vigils throughout the country and the formation of the “Remembering Our Dead” web project. This year vigils are planned in 130 cities worldwide.
Connecticut’s Transgender Day of Remembrance in sponsored by the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition and Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford and co-sponsored by several other community organizations
On Friday, Norwalk will also recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance at the The Triangle Community Center, 16 River St, from 7 to 9 p.m.