Transgender Day of Remembrance

Standing in solidarity with the transgender community

By Karan Wong, Multicultural Victim Services Worker

As part of our outreach for the Stopping the Violence Counselling and Multicultural Victim Services Program, today we’d like to bring attention to the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Started in 1998 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, Nov 20th honours the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed that year. Each year since, vigils have been held to remember all transgender people whose lives were lost to acts of anti-transgender violence.

MOSAIC invites you to stand in solidarity with the transgender community and remember those we’ve lost. Let’s raise awareness of all forms of gender-based violence, in particular violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.

If you or someone you know is impacted by gender-based violence or trauma, support is available at MOSAIC. The Stopping the Violence Counselling program offers free, confidential counselling support and outreach services for all self-identifying women who have experienced, or are at risk of,  abuse, threats, or violence in intimate relationships, sexual assault or childhood abuse. The Multicultural Victim Services Program offers free, confidential emotional support and practical assistance in dealing with the criminal justice system for multicultural victims of all types of crimes.

For more information and support, feel free to contact us at 604-254-9626.