Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved (https://tdor.info). In 2015, the organization BreakOUT! created Trans Day of Resilience, inviting groups across the US to join them in uplifting the lives and resistance of trans people of color. (https://www.tdor.co)
7:00pm - 8:30pm in FPG Student Union Great Hall
In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, CUAB, UNC SAGA, and the LGBTQ Center are excited to welcome Trans Spoken Word Artist, Kavi Adé, for a performance in the Union Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served!
Kavi Ade is a Black Trans Queer speaker, arts educator and nationally recognized poet of Afro & Indigenous Caribbean descent. Kavi received a BA in Social Justice with a concentration on Art for Social Change and Gender Justice from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Ade’s work meets at the intersection of personal and political — navigating what it means to be a survivor of innumerable violences. Kavi speaks on race, class, gender, sexuality, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault, and social justice— chronicling despair, grasping at hope, and exploring the ways a body can learn to survive.
11:00am to 2:00pm in The Pit
Learn about the trans folks we have lost to violence over the last year in the United States. We will be speaking names and brief biographies every thirty minutes in their honor. Placards about each person and information on the types of violence trans people face will be available.
6:00pm to 8:00pm in The Pit
Candles will be provided and we will read off the names and bios of trans folks we have lost to violence in the United States over the last year. Note that this list cannot be comprehensive because of transphobic laws and cultural norms that allow others to control how someone's death is reported.
Amir Rabiyah is a trans and two-spirit disabled queer femme poet and writing coach. They were born in London, England to a mixed Cherokee and white mother and a Lebanese and Syrian father. Their work explores living life on the margins and at the intersections of multiple identities. Amir writes about living with chronic pain and illness, war, trauma, spirituality, healing, redemption--and speaks on silenced places. Amir's first full collection poetry book, Prayers for My 17th Chromosome, is now available for pre-sale through Sibling Rivalry Press. Amir is also the co-editor of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices and has published in numerous anthologies and journals.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is one of many Pride and Visibility Days observed by the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.