November 20th, 2007 by Benjamin Duranske
November 20, 2007 marks a Day of Remembrance to memorialize those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held each November to honor Rita Hester, whose 1998 murder sparked the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. As part of the Day of Remembrance, the legal “blog carnival” Blawg Review is focused on transgender workplace diversity this week. The event will also be marked in Second Life with a 24-hour memorial at Elysium Gardens (SLURL).
On Tuesday, November 20th, Elysium Gardens, with the support of the Transgender Resource Center, will host Second Life’s first service held in memory of victims of violence directed against the transgendered. Unlike traditional Transgender Day of Remembrance services, the Elysium Gardens service will be observed as an all-day event running from midnight to midnight (PST) and is designed to offer residents of Second Life from around the world access to a beautiful yet solemn location to honor victims of anti-transgender violence. Also unlike traditional Transgender Day of Remembrance services, Elysium Gardens will use this unique opportunity and medium to honor victims of a different kind of violence–the prejudice that leads many transgendered individuals to end their own lives.
Thanks to the editor of Blawg Review for the heads’ up, and to SL Pulse for the announcement regarding the in-world event.
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