Features/ Top Stories/ Transgender / Transsexual October is Trans Empowerment Month – Show Your Support Gary Carnivele October 15, 2020 Check out the many events for Trans Empowerment Month at Stand With Trans!Stand with Trans has a month-long event filled with virtual programming for trans people and their supporters that starts TOMORROW! We are starting off the month with a keynote from Michigan’s Teacher of the Year, Owen Bondono, who is a trans man. The program is free for youth under 25, and $50 for adults to attend. There are many incredible programs — a panel of trans people who work in entertainment, youth-only spaces, talks for trans allies, educational talks from surgeons, and more! Check it out!Mark your calendars for Transgender Day of Remembrance: Friday November 20th at 5pmThe Spahr Center will once again hold an event to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20, 2020. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.TDOR founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith, TDOR founder, says “Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”The Spahr Center held a moving event in 2019 to mark TDOR, and a committee of local activists is currently planning what will be a second important commemoration. Please mark your calendar to join us, and watch for additional information about the event.