November is Trans Awareness Month. There are several events throughout South Florida — the highlight is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). It’s a day set aside to honor the men and women who died from suicide, violence, or as a direct result of transphobia.
In the last year, 369 people were killed worldwide as a result of that violence. Of those, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports that 29 trans people were killed in the U.S. in 2017 due to violence — the most ever recorded in the U.S. The HRC says these victims were killed by their loved ones, partners, and strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have not.
There will be several commemorations for TDOR throughout South Florida. Here are a few of the most notable:
On Nov. 20, LaLa Zannell, a black queer trans woman will address an audience at the Pride Center. Zannell works as a transgender safety advocate and travels around the country talking about the risks faced by the trans community. As the leadorganizer of the New York City Anti-Violence Project,an anti-LGBT violence organization, the 40-year-old has testified before Congress and at the White House about the difficulties transgender people face. (Zannell speaks earlier in the day at an event in Miami, see details below.)
The Pride Center event runs from 6:30-9 p.m. The Pride Center is located at 2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors.
In Miami, Arianna’s Center and SAVE host a special luncheon for TDOR. It is from Noon to 2 p.m. at CIC Miami 1951 NW 7th Avenue, 1stfloor, Miami. A complimentary lunch will be served. LaLa Zannell is the national guest speaker. The luncheon also features a presentation by Megan McLemore of Human Rights Watch. Other speakers include Aryah Lester, Pearl Lashae, Rajee Narinesingh, Natalia Pabon, and Justice Devine.
Tony Lima, Executive Director, SAVE
Rashel Diaz, Telemundo Media Personality
Tatiana Williams, Trans Activist
Barry University in Miami holds its sixth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience. At its event, the trans lives lost in the last year are also remembered and honored. The TDORR planning committee requests that those who cannot attend, try to support the event financially, as there is no formal funding source.Visit GoFundMe.com/miamiTDORR2018to donate. This TDORR is exclusively grassroots, and exclusively trans/non-binary led. Planners say attendees won't have to endure the typical politician song and dance at this event. You can expect trans performers, trans speakers, and trans-generated content to honor those lost, and to celebrate the vibrancy and liveliness of trans people in the South Florida community.Out of respect for the nature of this specific program, attendees are asked to arrive at promptly 6 p.m. — the program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. If you must arrive later than 6:30 p.m, please come in quietly.The program will also incorporate a healing component for the second year in a row, led by staff of SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective. Barry University is located at 11300 NE 2ndAve, Miami Shores.
Palm Beach County
A similar night of remembrance will be held in Palm Beach County to honor the memory of the trans men and women who lost their lives to hate and intolerance. The program runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes a candlelight vigil, reading of names, and guest speakers.
Compass is located at 201 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth.