Loveland church, Colorado State University to host Transgender Day of Remembrance events



    Next week, Colorado State University and a Loveland church will both host events to memorialize transgender and gender nonconforming individuals who have been killed in the last year.

    Colorado State University will host a Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Greyrock Room in the Lory Student Center, said Laura MacWaters, the event’s community speaker and director of Eclectic Northern Colorado, a local transgender support group. A few students will also be speaking at Wednesday’s event, MacWaters said. 

    Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Church in Loveland will also hold a candlelight vigil beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 745 E. Fifth St., Loveland. Attendees will stand in a circle holding candles, then say names of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals killed in the last year as they blow out their candles, said Sheryl Griese, the event’s sponsor. 

    Transgender Remembrance Day was established in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a time to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998, Griese said in an email to the Coloradoan. 

    In 2019, through Oct. 14, 21 transgender individuals were reportedly killed due to anti-transgender violence, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, but they said many others likely go unreported or are misreported.

    Transgender Day of Remembrance events in Northern Colorado

    Ceremony at Colorado State University

    Where: Greyrock Room in the Lory Student Center

    When: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20

    Candlelight vigil 

    Where: Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Church, 745 E. Fifth St., Loveland

    When: 7 p.m. Nov. 20

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