IGA is pleased to announce Vanessa Edwards-Foster as the speaker for the 2009 Transgender Day of Remembrance. Ms. Edwards-Foster has championed transgender rights for over a decade such as co-founding and leading the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition which educates Congress on transgender issues and lobbies for the rights of transpeople. "We focus on a time when no transgendered individual will have to hide in shame. When marriage, family, career, housing is not longer a privilege but a basic inalienable right." Ms. Edwards-Fosters has an impressive history too and IGA is proud to join her.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those people who were murdered just for being transgender. These murders are sparked from the hatred and fear of not conforming to cultural norms about gender. We specifically remember those killed in the last 12 months. While this is a national event, Illinois Gender Advocates has run the local instance for ten years.
Dr. Miller, philosophy chair at Lewis University , shares his poetry and fields questions about LGBT issues in academics and among non-transgender, straight people. The LGBT Hotline airs on CanTV, cable channel 21 in Chicago the third Friday of every month. The show is sponsored by Illinois Gender Advocates.
Sept. 29, 2009
From: Illinois Gender Advocates www.genderadvocates.org
CHICAGO – Illinois Gender Advocates announces the eleventh annual Day of Remembrance honoring transgender victims of violence.
IGA has held previous DOR events in Daley Plaza, as well as various locations on North Halsted Street in Chicago.
In solidarity with the collective community of transgender, transsexual, and other gender-variant individuals across the entire state of Illinois, Illinois Gender Advocates will be sponsoring the 2009 Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 14 at 5pm at the New Spirit Church, 542 South Scoville Ave., in Oak Park Illinois.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of unprovoked attacks against transgendered people, and gives our allies a chance to step forward and stand in solemn vigil, simultaneously celebrating the lives while mourning the untimely and violent deaths of our trans sisters and brothers who might otherwise be forgotten.
Day of Remembrance seeks to remind non-transgender people that we are in fact THEIR sons, daughters, parents, neighbors, friends and lovers.
This annual event is once again co-sponsored by Equality Illinois, and will include participation from other notable Illinois LGBT organizations such as Trans Youth Resource Advocates (TYRA), Howard Brown Health Center, Broadway Youth Center, and the Center on Halsted.
More details to follow as they become available.
CONTACT: Cynthia Richards, IGA Chair, email@example.com