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C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y, L O N G B E A C H
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER RESOURCE CENTER
October 27, 2006
Cal State Long Beach Raises Visibility of Gender Identity and Expression Issues with Transgender Day of Remembrance Events
Sumi Braun, Student Organizer
California State University, Long Beach
“Transgender Day of Remembrance is an important time for us to not only cry for those who have fallen victim to anti-trans hatred and violence, but also for us to be angry for living in a society that ignores these deaths.”
-Sumi Braun, Student Organizer.
California State University, Long Beach – November 15, 2006 - The campus Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center will host Transgender Day of Remembrance programming for the first time at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 and Thursday, November 16, 2006. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of hate crimes against transgender individuals and people who are targeted because of their gender identity and/or gender expression. This event is also an opportunity for non-transgender individuals to become allies and advocate for people who have endured harassment because of their gender identity and/or gender expression.
Scheduled events include the following:
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
* 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Introduction to Gender Identity and Gender Expression (University Student Union 304)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
* 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Trans/Genderqueer Speakers’ Panel (Multicultural Center, Faculty Office 3 - Room 2)
* 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Candlelight Vigil (Commencement Field, South Campus)
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international event that raises visibility of gender identity and expression issues. The first Day of Remembrance event was a candlelight vigil held in San Francisco in 1999. This Day of Remembrance was held in honor of Rita Hester, a transwoman who was murdered in her apartment outside Boston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1998. Ms. Hester died of multiple stab wounds, and her murder remains unsolved. Her death sparked the creation of a web project (rememberingourdead.org) dedicated to immortalizing persons killed because of anti-transgender prejudice.
Talia Duran, student organizer, explains why she chose to get involved with Transgender Day of Remembrance as an ally, “Transgender Day of Remembrance is important to me because my partner is transgendered. We all need to know about these hate crimes because awareness brings change.”
CSULB Division of Student Services Sponsors for Transgender Day of Remembrance events include: The LGBT Resource Center at CSULB; Project Choice: Asian Pacific Islander Students for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention; Rainbow Coalition; Delta Lambda Phi – Rho Chapter; Counseling and Psychological Services; and Student Life and Development. Campus collaborators include: Episcopal Campus Ministry at CSULB; United Methodist Campus Ministry; Multicultural Resource Center; and Women’s Resource Center.
The LGBT Resource Center at CSULB is a student-run organization that strives to promote full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer-identified, and questioning individuals and their allies at CSULB. The center also strives to eliminate heterosexism, homophobia, gender identity oppression, sexism, classism, racism, ableism, and other blatant and institutional forms of marginalization by providing advocacy, collection, and dissemination of information and resources, and supporting campus queer and ally organizations.