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Vanderbilt to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov. 16 event part of university's commemoration of Transgender Awareness Week

November 3, 2011 Blake Boldt   Comments

Vanderbilt University will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance with a special ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. The event will be held in Ballroom A of the Student Life Center.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is held nationally in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 launched the "Remembering Our Dead" Web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil the following year.

Past events have included a student musical performance, a personal testimonial speaker, reading of names and stories, and a candle lighting. More information will be made available in the coming days at the Office of LGBTQI Life website.

The Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt provides support and is a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities as well as a resource for information about gender and sexuality. The office serves all members of the Vanderbilt community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – by creating educational, cultural and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQI-related campus groups and activities.

For more information on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit www.transgenderdor.org.

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