The Welcoming Congregation Team of the Social Action Committee working jointly with the Worship Committee will hold a service and candlelight vigil for the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Sunday, November 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM. The event is held every November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead project and began the tradition of holding candlelight vigils. Like most anti-transgender murder cases, Rita’s murder is yet to be solved.


This year has seen an even larger epidemic of murders of transgender individuals than last.  At the time of writing, there have already been 23 murders in 2016 documented within the United States alone. Transgender Women of Color (TWOC) compose the majority of the U.S. fatalities. Clearly the reason for holding the vigil is still needed to focus attention on the senseless loss of life of transgender individuals all over the world. The list of individuals lost to violence includes names from international countries as well as the U.S.A.


This year marks the 17th Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance and will be the 11th successive year we have observed the TDoR at TPUUF. We can be very proud of our community holding a light up to this useless and senseless loss of Blessed life. Please join us in this service. All TPUUF members, friends, and concerned public are welcome to participate with us in the service and vigil. We celebrate the lives of these transgender people that have been lost and those living with us as well who enrich all of our communities.

The vigil will be followed with some light refreshments.


For more information contact the Welcoming Congregation Team


-Welcoming Congregation Team