Pennsylvania Memorializes the 16th Annual TDoR

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance
(TDoR) is held in local communities and campuses across the nation to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender bigotry. Many victims of anti-transgender violence have been invisible in their communities and attackers not often brought to justice.
The 16th Annual TDoR brings together communities to mourn and honor victims of anti-transgender hate crimes and as a call to action towards the respect of all people regardless of gender identity or expression.

In July 2013, a young trans woman, Diamond Williams, was brutally murdered in Philadelphia. The court case is ongoing in her murder in 2014. There have been countless known slayings of transgender people because of their identity around the world since last year. The TDoR website memorializes the murders of over 75 transgender individuals we are aware of.

Over 25 organized vigils will be held in communities throughout the commonwealth for TDoR on November 20th, 2014. This is large increase from just a few events held in Pittsburgh and Southeastern Pennsylvania before 2013.

November is also Transgender Awareness Month. There are plenty of wonderful educational and community events going on throughout Pennsylvania. Several student organizations including Drexel University are holding Transgender Awareness Weeks.

Transgender Day of Remembrance in Pennsylvania

November 20th, 2014

Muhlenberg College – Egner Memorial Chapel (2400 Chew Street), November 20th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Host: Muhlenberg Trans* Advocacy Coalition
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Penn State Altoona – Slep Fireside Lounge (3000 Ivyside Park), November 20th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Host: Penn State Altoona GSA
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The Ice House Gazebo (57 River Street), November 23rd, 1:00pm-2:00pm

California University of Pennsylvania – Vulcan Statue (250 University Avenue), November 20th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Host: Rainbow Alliance
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Dickinson College – Britton Plaza, November 20th, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Host: LGBTQ Services
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Clarion University of Pennsylvania – Hart Chapel (Wood Street), November 20th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Host: Allies

Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (3424 Ridge Pike), November 20th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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Ursinus College – Olin 104 (601 East Main Street), November 19th, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Host: Ursinus College GSA
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Drexel Hill
Collenbrook United Church (5290 Township Line Road), November 20th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Hosts: Collenbrook United Church, PRYSM Youth Center

The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania – Pouge Student Center (Seminar Room), November 20th, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Host: Edinboro Identity
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Avalon Hotel (16 West 10th Street), November 23rd, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Hosts: Erie Sisters, TransFamily of Erie
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The steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol (3rd and State Street), November 20th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Host: TransCentral PA

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The Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Oak Grove, November 20th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Host: IUP Pride Alliance
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The Lancaster County Courthouse steps (50 North Duke Street), November 20th, 12:00pm-12:30pm
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Bucknell University (701 Moore Avenue), November 20th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Host: Bucknell GSA

Allegheny College – Ford Chapel (516 North Main Street), November 20th, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Host: Queers and Allies
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The Penn LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street), November 20th, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Host: The Penn LGBT Center
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Drexel University – Dragon Statue (3400 Market Street), November 20st, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Host: Drexel FUSE
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Temple University – Alumni Circle (Liacouras and Polett Walks), November 20th, 8:15pm-9:15pm
Host: Temple QSU
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The William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street), November 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Host: The William Way Community Center
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The University of Pittsburgh – William Pitt Union (3959 Fifth Avenue), November 18th, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Host: Rainbow Alliance

Cruze Bar (1600 Smallman Street), November 19th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Host: TransPride Pittsburgh
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Calvary United Church of Christ (640 Oley Street), November 21st, 7:00pm-8:00pm
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State College
Penn State University Park (Steps of Old Main), November 20th, 6:00pm-7:00pm

First Presbyterian Church (100 East Wheeling Street), November 20th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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West Chester
West Chester University of Pennsylvania – Sykes Union 115 (700 South High Street), November 20th, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Host: LGBTQA Services
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Harrisburg Area Community College – York in front of Cytec (2010 Pennsylvania Avenue), November 17th, 5:30pm
Host: HACC – York GSA


November 2014 Transgender Awareness Events

November 18th

Drexel University: “Trans” Screening and Discussion (w/Producer Mark Shoen)
MacAlister Hall 2019, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Bucknell University: Kye Allums
ELC Forum, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

November 19th
Drexel University: LGBTEA and Coffee Chat – Gender Neutral Housing
LGBTQA Student Center (Creese Student Center Room 48C), 6:00pm-7:00pm

November 20th
Drexel University: Raising of the Transgender Flag
32nd and Market Streets, 9:00am-10:00am

Drexel University: Transgender Remembrance Ceremony
URBN Annex Black Box Theater (3401 Filbert Street), 4:00pm-6:00pm

November 21st

University of Pennsylvania: Gender Talk
Claudia Cohen Hall, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

November 20th-23rd
Pittsburgh: TransVoices
Series of events hosted by the Garden of Peace Project

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This post has been updated to include the vigils taking place at the University of Pittsburgh, Dickinson College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bucknell University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University Park, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


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