Upcoming Events » Lowell’s Annual TDOR Vigil

November 17, 2016 5:30 pm
Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson Street
Lowell, MA
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LOWELL – Thursday, November 10 – Lowell’s annual vigil for International Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, November 17, beginning at 5:30. The event will begin with a gathering at 5:30pm in front of the Lowell Community Health Center, at 161 Jackson Street. From there, the group will walk to City Hall, for a vigil that will begin at 6:10pm. At City Hall, volunteers will read the names of those around the world known to have been killed during the past year as a result of anti-transgender violence. After the reading of the names, there will be a walk back to the Lowell Community Health Center at 7:00pm, where a reception will include speakers, light refreshments, and a chance for people to debrief from the vigil.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) happens every November around the world. TDOR was first organized in 1999 by transgender woman and activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith to mark the murder of Rita Hester the previous year in Allston, Massachusetts. It has been held annually ever since to raise awareness about the continued violence that is directed at the transgender community. While the official date is November 20, observances are often scheduled on various dates so nearby events do not conflict with each other. Lowell’s observance has always been held on the Thursday before November 20.

The observance is structured so that people can participate in the walks or attend the vigil at City Hall and/or the reception at the Health Center.

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