On November 20th, over 300 people gathered at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Boston to honor the Transgender Day of Remembrance (or TDOR, as we fondly call it). I was lucky enough to be one of those 300. My boyfriend works for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, which helped organize the event, so of course he dragged me along (not that I wasn’t extremely willing to show my support).
The entire event was extremely moving, starting with incredibly intimate speeches by family members and friends of transgendered people that either took their own lives due to bullying and harassment or who were killed by others simply because of their gender identity. I was particularly moved by a Sanskrit prayer sung by one of the event hosts, asking that the world be a more peaceful and accepting place. The speeches were followed by an open forum in which people were able to express their thoughts in front of the crowd.
Following the speeches and open forum, all 300+ people walked, candles in hand, from the church, up to the state house, and then finally to the Parkman Bandstand, where participants read aloud the names of the many transgender people killed all over the world for their gender identity.