Transgender day of remembrance vigil to be held at Holmes Student Center


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An illustrated crowd of people standing, decorated with the transgender flag and hearts. Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Sunday, Nov. 20, with this week leading up to it being trans awareness week. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

DeKALB – Today at 6 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center in the Sky Room, a vigil and reading of names will take place for the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Many leaders across the NIU campus will take part in observing the memories of those who have lost their lives. The event is open to everyone and light refreshments will be provided. 

To honor those memories it is tradition to read the names of people who lost their lives to to anti-transgender violence, along with a vigil. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith. This day was started to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. Today, Transgender Day of Remembrance is used to honor the memories of all people whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender violence.