“Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. 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,”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
Metropolitan College of New York’s Purpose-Centered Education was founded in 1964 to promote social justice through higher education. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni continue these efforts to advance this work across all channels.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20th as a day to memorialize those who have been lost as a result of transphobia. Started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, it was a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
This year at MCNY, we will be observing Transgender Day of Remembrance between November 15 – November 18. We ask the MCNY community to join us at any time in the Commons areas at the Manhattan or Bronx Campuses as we:
- Light a candle to remember
- Wear a pin to express support
- Express support on social media
- Make a commitment to educating ourselves and others to end violence in transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming communities
Please join us as we remember…