Queer Resource Center event honors and celebrates the transgender community
Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tomorrow, Nov. 20, Portland State’s Queer Resource Center will host a series of events to celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Celebrated internationally, the QRC’s Transgender Day of Remembrance function supports the transgender community of Portland by hosting events geared toward education and advocacy, according to Erin Glesne-Smith, health and wellness coordinator at QRC. The event began in 1999 to honor Rita Hestor’s death, which, like most anti-transgender murder cases, is unsolved, according to the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. Since then, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has expanded internationally. This year gatherings are happening in dozens of cities around the world, from Sydney, Australia to Minsk, Belarus, according to www.transgender.org. “The Transgender Day of Remembrance brings awareness to an issue that doesn’t get a lot of attention on a lot of levels,” said Smith.......