Observed every November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those lives lost to anti-transgender violence. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, who was murdered in November of 1998.
A transwoman from Boston, Massachusetts, Hester was viciously stabbed just one month after the gay-bashing death of Matthew Shepherd. While Shepherd’s case created a media firestorm, Ms. Hester’s death went practically unnoticed.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and mourns the lives of transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten.
This year’s observance will be held today, November 20th, at the Friends Meeting House at 4500 Kensington Avenue in Richmond at 7pm.
In recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, “The Rainbow Minute” is committed to bringing to light the often under-represented history of the transgender community by featuring 10 new episodes during the month of November. “The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 9:03am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.