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Out Boulder Country and Local Transgender Leaders to Commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance
BOULDER, CO – On Saturday, November 20, 2021, Out Boulder County, their Transgender Steering and Events Committee, and members of the Boulder County community will commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Regarding the importance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Elliot Lane, Chair of Out Boulder County’s Transgender Steering and Events Committee, said, “Transgender Day of Remembrance is one of those terrible, important days where we give ourselves permission to mourn our fallen siblings.” They went on to say, “This day is a chance for us to grieve when we normally allow ourselves so little time to reflect on the fragility of life and the dangers of being ourselves.”
The community will gather at the Boulder County Commissioners Building (1325 Pearl Street, Boulder) at 6:30PM on Saturday, November 20, for a ceremony that will include performances by Stephanie Lujan, musician, and Silen Willington (spoken word poet). The following leaders in the local transgender community will also address attendees: LeeLee James, Ruby Lopez, and Bryn Long. At the conclusion of the ceremony attendees will do a silent candlelit walk to the Out Boulder County office backyard (1443 Spruce Street, Boulder) where the names of those we have lost will be recognized.
“Being able to gather together to remember our trans siblings who have been lost in the past year is something that I really value. Too often those that are lost in our community are disrespected in death – obituaries written by family may misgender or use a prior name. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a chance for them to be remembered as they were, their true names heard and respected,” said Niko Stone, Vice-chair of the Transgender Steering and Events Committee.
Out Boulder County offers robust social support services and programming for the transgender community and their allies. This includes social support groups, social gatherings, and pro-transgender advocacy efforts.
Resources for Journalists
The GLAAD Transgender Day of Remembrance Resource Kit for Journalists can be found here: https://www.glaad.org/
Information on Out Boulder County’s Transgender Programming and Services can be found here: https://www.outboulder.org/
About Out Boulder County
Working independently and in collaboration, we facilitate connection, advocacy, education, research and programs to ensure LGBTQ+ people and communities thrive in Boulder County and beyond. www.outboulder.org