Compass will observe this year's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance with an open mic event--to be hosted by Sabrine Pearson and Velvet Lenore, on November 20, at 6 p.m.
The annual day was started in 1999 by a transgender woman named Gwendolyn Anne Smith, who wanted to commemorate the murder of Rita Hester, also a transgender woman, who was killed in Allston, Massachusetts.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance allows members of the trans community and their allies--locally, nationally, and internationally--to remember, grieve, and perhaps foremost to celebrate the lives of transgender friends lost early due to hate based-violence.
Pearson is the co-facilitator of LGBTQIA Youth Group, an organization that mentors transgender kids in South Florida.
Pearson recently received a grant that allowed them to expand their transgender youth support group from once a month to every other week.
"Now, as a result of us meeting every week there is much more of an organic flow as there has not been a lapse in the last time we spoke," Pearson said. "As a result of this increase in frequency our [Transgender Youth Support Group] has become much more fluid...the kids share much more freely, and I am able to be of consistent support."
As Pearson sees it, 50 percent of the battle begins at the level of the family unit – and the more resources a family has access to the better off a transgender child will be.
"The search for happiness and internal peace is one that we all share," reads the flyer for the event. "During TDOR, we honor and remember those who have lost their lives in that quest."
If You Go
November 20, 6 p.m.
201 North Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460