Pennsylvania: Trans Day of Remembrance/Resilience 2018

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance
(TDOR) is held in local communities and campuses across the nation to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender bigotry. Many victims of anti-transgender violence have been invisible in their communities and attackers not often brought to justice.
The 20th Annual TDOR brings together communities to mourn and honor victims of anti-transgender hate crimes and as a call to action towards the respect of all people regardless of gender identity or expression.

There have been at least 20 murders of trans people in the United States this year. The Human Rights Campaign has a list online here with additional information on the lives and murders of those who were killed in the past year that you can read at your vigil or event.

In Pennsylvania, we mourn and remember Shantee Tucker, 30, who was murdered in Philadelphia on September 5, 2018. In 2016, Maya Young was 25 when she was stabbed to death in Philadelphia. In 2015, Pennsylvania mourned London Chanel, 21, and Kiesha Jenkins, 22, both black trans women who were killed in Philadelphia. In July 2013, another young trans woman, Diamond Williams, was brutally murdered in Philadelphia. There have been at least 22 slayings of transgender people in the United States – who are named in the image above.

There have been countless slayings of transgender people because of their identity around the world since last year. The TDOR website memorializes the murders of over many of the transgender individuals we are aware of in this past year around the world.

Nearly two dozen organized vigils will be held in communities throughout the commonwealth for TDOR in recent years. This was a large increase from just a few events held in Pittsburgh and Southeastern Pennsylvania before 2013.

November is also Transgender Awareness Month, and November 12-19, 2018 is Trans Awareness Week. Many communities are not just mourning those lost to violence, but celebrating and lifting up the lives of transgender people. There are wonderful educational and community events set to take place throughout Pennsylvania. Several student organizations are holding Transgender Awareness Weeks. Trans Day of Visibility is annually on March 31st.

For the seventh year, PYC provides an online listing of Trans Day of Remembrance/Resilience events across the commonwealth.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigils in Pennsylvania

November 20th, 2018
*Unless Otherwise Noted*


Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley (1401 Greenview Drive), November 19th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Host: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance, Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley
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Dickinson College (Social Hall West), November 20th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Host: Dickinson College LGBTQ Services
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Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (3424 Ridge Pike), November 20th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Erie County Courthouse (140 West 6th Street), November 20th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Host: TransFamily of NWPA
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Vigil: Pennsylvania State Capitol – Main Steps (3rd and State Streets), November 20th, 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Host: TransCentral PA
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Trans Day of Remembrance Healing Space: The LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania (1306 North 3rd Street), November 20th, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
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Lancaster City Hall (120 North Duke Street), November 20th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Supported: Lancaster City Human Relations Commission
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Franklin & Marshall College (Writers House), November 19th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: SAGA
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Not One More: Rally and Silent March: Starts at Dilworth Plaza (1 South 15th Street), November 20th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Host: The Trans Equity Project – a program of GALAEI
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TDoR Memorial Service: William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce Street), November 20th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: William Way LGBT Community Center
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Persad (5301 Butler Street), November 20th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: TransPride Pittsburgh and Persad
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Calvary United Church of Christ (640 Centre Avenue), November 20th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Host: Reading Pride Celebration

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State College
Penn State University (Eisenhower Chapel), November 13th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Host: Penn State LGBTA Student Resource Center

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First Presbyterian Church (100 East Wheeling Street), November 19th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Washington County GSA, Inc.
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West Chester
Unitarian Congregation of West Chester (501 South High Street), November 20th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Hosts: LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County and Unitarian Congregation of West Chester

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Unity of NEPA (140 South Grant Street), November 20th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Hosts: Queer NEPA and Action Together Northeastern PA

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Union Lutheran Church of York (408 West Market Street), November 21st, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Host: Union Lutheran Church of York

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November 2018 Transgender Awareness Events


Philadelphia: GenderTalk
Penn LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street), November 16th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Penn Non-Cis

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Philadelphia: Trans Equity Project Presents: Trans Awareness Week
GALAEI (149 West Susquehanna Avenue), November 15th – November 20th
Thursday, November 15th, Opening Reception: Dinner & Trans Youth Panel, 5pm – 8pm
Friday, November 16th, Trans Cinema: Holiday Heart, 5pm – 8pm
Sunday, November 18th,  Everything Starts with a DREAM: A Dreamcatcher making Party!, 5pm – 8pm
Monday, November 19th,  Clothing Drive: Donate, Swap or Just Fill a Bag!, 5pm – 8pm
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Pittsburgh: Trans Voices VI: A RE:Vival (the performance)
TBA, November 25th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Garden of Peace Project

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State College: Penn State Trans Visibility Month
Penn State University
Host: Penn State LGBTA Student Resource Center
Friday, November 2, 2018 — LGBTQA Student Resource Center Clothing Transit Open House, 2:30 – 4:30 PM, 24 Ritenour

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Faculty & Staff: Transgender & Gender Inclusion 101 Workshop, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, HUB – 233B 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, “Genderqeueer? Demisexual? You don’t need a label”, Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Marsh, 6:00 pm, HUB-Flex Theater
Thursday, November 15, 2018, LGBTQA Student Resource Center: Clothing Transit Fashion Show, 6:00 pm, HUB-Alumni Hall
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