The 16th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1 W. Hamilton St. in Baltimore. The event is being hosted by the Transgender Response Team. This memorial event includes an Interfaith Memorial Service, the Reading of the Names, and a candle lighting ceremony.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was established 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 Nov. 28, 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 including several such cases in Baltimore this year — remains unsolved.