Pennsylvania Remembers and Celebrates Trans Lives

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 17th 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 2015, Pennsylvania mourns London Chanel, 21, and Kiesha Jenkins, 22, both black trans women who were mercilessly killed in Philadelphia. In July 2013, another young trans woman, Diamond Williams, was brutally murdered in Philadelphia. The court case is ongoing in her murder. 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.

At the start of  November 2015, there are at least 11 TDoR events scheduled in Pennsylvania. Over 25 organized vigils were held in communities throughout the commonwealth for TDoR in 2014. This was a large increase from just a few events held in Pittsburgh and Southeastern Pennsylvania before in 2013.

November is also Transgender Awareness Month. Many communities are not just mourning those lost to violence, but celebrating and lifting up the lives of transgender people. There are wonderful educational and community events set to take place throughout Pennsylvania. Several student organizations are holding Transgender Awareness Weeks.

Transgender Day of Remembrance in Pennsylvania

November 20th, 2015

The Ice House Gazebo (57 River Street), November 15th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Kehr Union (400 East 2nd Street), November 19th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Bloomsburg University LGBTA Commission

University of Pittsburgh – Bradford, Wick Hall (300 Campus Drive), November 20th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Host: LGBTS Alliance
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Dickinson College (Britton Plaza), November 20th, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
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Clarion University (Outside the Gemmell Student Complex), November 19th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Clarion University Allies

Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Collegeville (3424 Ridge Pike), November 20th, 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Host: Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Collegeville
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Memorial Park (500 Bloom Street), November 20th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Host: Shiloh United Church of Christ

Edinboro University Pouge Student Union (219 Meadville Street), November 20th, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Host: Edinboro University Identity

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The Avalon Hotel – Courtyard (16 West 12th Street), November 20th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: TransFamily of Erie

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Arcadia University (450 South Easton Road), November 20th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Host: Pride

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The Steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building (3rd and State Streets), November 20th, 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Host: TransCentral PA

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Haverford College (Founders Steps), November 20th, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Host: TransCentral PA

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Binns Park (120 North Queen Street), November 20th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
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Lock Haven
Lock Haven University – Rogers Gymnasium (401 North Main Street), November 20th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Host: Lock Haven GSA

Bucknell University – Olin Science Quad (701 Moore Avenue), November 17th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Bucknell University GSA
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The Penn LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street), November 16th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Host: The Penn LGBT Center

The William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street), November 20th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Host: The William Way Community Center
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Drexel University – Dragon Statue (33rd and Market Streets), November 20th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Drexel FUSE
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University of Pittsburgh Law School, November 19th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Host: OUTLaw and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

University of Pittsburgh (William Pitt Union Patio), November 19th, 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Host: Rainbow Alliance

Carnegie Mellon University (The Cut), November 20th, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Host: CMU Allies
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Schenley Plaza (4100 Forbes Avenue), November 20th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Host: Garden of Peace Project
This is a Trans March of Resilience Event, incorporating a remembrance and celebration program
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Cabrini College (610 King of Prussia Road), November 19th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Host: Office of Student Diversity

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Calvary Reformed United Church of Christ (640 Centre Avenue), November 20th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Reading Pride

Courthouse Square, November 20th, 6:00pm – 7:15pm

State College
Penn State University Park (Old Main), November 20th, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Host: Penn State LGBTA Student Resource Center
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Zion United Church of Christ (14 North 8th Street), November 18th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: Pocono Interfaith LGBT Alliance
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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, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Host: LGBTQA Services
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November 2015 Transgender Awareness Events

November 12th
Bucknell University: Trans* Awareness Speaker – Vanessa Gonzalez
Rooke Chemistry Building, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

November 20th
University of Pennsylvania: Gender Talk
Penn LGBT Center, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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