Archived: Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance

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As the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches, the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University and Mount Royal Diversity and Human Rights would like to invite students, staff, and faculty to participate in this important memorial service.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, held annually on November 20th, honours the memory of those who were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the first Transgender Day of Remembrance, started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a way of memorializing Rita Hester, a trans woman killed in 1998. Drawing awareness to violent acts committed against transgender individuals—often not publicized in the media—helps bring visibility to the continued violence faced by the transgender community.

End the hatred and ignorance: join us on Friday, November 20th in the Pride Center (Z204) at 3:30 p.m. to make paper lanterns, then later to march through campus to a final meeting space to hold a vigil. This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff, as well as the wider Calgary community. We welcome all transgender people and anyone who wishes to support transgender people and communities.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Carroll at


Transgender Day of Remembrance

3:30p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Pride Centre (Z204)

Lantern-making at 3:30 | March at 5:00 | Vigil at 5:30