Transgender Day of Remembrance covered by Seattle Gay News
On Saturday, November 20, about 125 people gathered for a candlelight vigil at Cal Anderson Park for the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day where Transgender people and Transgender allies alike gather to mourn and remember Transgender victims of violence who have died in the past year.
‘We wanted it to be also a celebration of sorts,’ said Sidney Lewis Friend, an organizer of the vigil and an organizer with the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP). ‘It was meant to be sort of this alchemical mix; ‘Yes, these people have been murdered, but we’re going to transform that energy into something positive.’
Put together by SWOP and the University of Washington’s Q Center, the vigil featured a static fire display, poetry, and a video project created by Lewis Friend, which is currently still in production as an ongoing project. An open mic was also available for anyone, and many came up to read their own poetry.
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