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Trans Day of Remembrance - Events Nov 18 and Nov 25

November 18th, 2010     by Julia Horel     Comments

November 20 is the Trans Day of Remembrance. The purpose of this day is to draw attention to the particular forms of violence (both personal and institutional) faced by Transgender, Transsexual and Intersex people. This violence is often gendered, racialized, homophobic and sexualized. Trans Day of Remembrance is also about celebrating those who have fought and continue to fight against transphobia. It is an occasion for solidarity and coming-together to celebrate the strength, the creativity and the work of gender outlaws, trans people, allies and activists.

Please join the York Centre for Women and Trans People, the Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line, Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Allies at York and the Diversity Peer Education Team at the York Centre for Human Rights.


Round table with Trish Salah, Syrus Ware, Savannah Garmon and Ruth Bramham. Join us as we discuss what trans activism does and has looked like on our campus.

12pm-2pm Vanier College senior common room (accessible space) For more information, for tokens or childcare subsidies call 416-736-2100 x 33484 or email

Lunch and crafting Make flags for the trans day of remembrance vigil!!


Room 322 of the Student Centre (accessible space) For more information, for tokens or childcare subsidies call 416-736-2100 x 33484 or email

Trans Day of Remembrance Vigils

  1. Vigil in memory of Rita Hester (November 28th, 1988) and an alter to commemorate other trans people who have died as a result of violence.


Vari Hall Rotunda (accessible space)

For more information, contact

  1. Join us as we read the names of those who were killed by transphobic violence, share stories of transphobia that were submitted to us by folks in our community and have an open mic where folks can share experiences, thoughts and feelings. If you want to submit your own experiences in writing, email or go to

In addition to commemorating these murders and other acts of violence against trans people, we will be asking folks to make commitments to fighting transphobia on campus by signing up for a trans 101 training offered by the Centre for Women and Trans People or by joining our Trans Ally Committee or Trans Committee to help advocate for more rights and recognition for Trans folks at York.

4:30pm Outside Vari Hall (accessible space) For more information, for tokens or childcare subsidies call 416-736-2100 x 33484 or email


Paradise Bent: Boys Will be Girls in Samoa (Film & Discussion)

When it comes to gender there is truly a Samoan way of seeing the world. PARADISE BENT tells the story of the Samoan fa’afafines, boys who are raised as girls. Fa’afafines play an important domestic role in the Samoan culture. Their traditional role is now under threat as the western drag scene filters into Samoa. Through the main character Cindy, we see the complexities of life facing the modern day fa’afafines.

6:30pm *** film begins with discussion to follow

Nat Taylor Cinema (accessible space)

For more information, call 416-736-5682 or email

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