Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony to be held in Visalia Tuesday


On Tuesday, November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance will be recognized in a ceremony held at Visalia’s Garden Street Plaza. Beginning at 6:30 pm, join The Source LGBT+ Center as we honor those lost this year.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance 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.

In 2017 there were 27 reported cases of homicide where the victim was transgender. Already in 2018 there have been 22 reported murders, with a disproportionate number of victims each year being transgender women of color.

During the week of November 12-19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address the issues trans people face.

For information, support, resources, and referral services for transgender youth and adults (as well as the lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities), contact The Source LGBT+ Center at 559-429-4277, or at

The Source LGBT+ Center on the web at

On Facebook at

Our drop in center is located at 208 W. Main St., Suite B, Visalia
(downstairs at the Montgomery Square)
The center is open 3 pm to 6pm, Tuesday through Friday.

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