Kua῾ana Project, HHHRC’s Transgender Services Program, will host this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on Sunday, November 20, from 3-6 PM. The event will be an in-person gathering at Arts at Marks Garage.
TDOR began in 1999 as a vigil to honor the life of Rita Hester, who was a victim of anti-trans violence. Since then, people across the world have used to the day to honor the lives of all those who have been the victims of anti-trans violence in the past year.
“This is an important moment for the nation in terms of the right-wing assault on trans people, our families, and those who care for us. In contrast, Hawai῾i has made progress on trans issues in recent years, including expanding access to gender-affirming care. TDOR is also an occasion for the local trans community and allies to appreciate the progress we’ve made while also honoring those who have passed,” said Kua῾ana Project Manager Maddalynn Sesepasara, who serves as co-chair of the state Department of Health’s Sexual and Gender Minority Working Group.
The program will begin with an oli (chant) from Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, who narrated an acclaimed short film on the healer stones of Kapaemahu and co-authored book with filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson and illustrator Daniel Sousa. The program will also feature several hula performances.
Please join us for remembrance, refreshments, and fellowship. RSVP is requested but not required.