April 19, 2013
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
HistoryFounded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.
May 17, 2013
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) May 17, 2013
I'm sure many of you are about to reflect on plans for the next International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org
Last year, activists from 90 countries participated in the global mobilization (see the annual report from last May), with their diversity, creativity and energy, and May 17th 2013 will no doubt be once again a landmark for the global mobilization which will be as diverse as the sexual and gender diversity we all want to celebrate!
As you know, the IDAHO Committee tirelessly promotes this diversity and tries to give it as much visibility and publicity as we can. Most of you also know that every year, they also actively promote the collaboration of organizations over a specific theme. They also are always very keen on hearing about other plans and projects, whether collective or individual, so please do send us any information you have, even in very draft format.
Looking forward to an exciting International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2013!
November 20, 2013
The 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.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.
Note: This page was taken from http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/what.html