Los Angeles Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities like Los Angeles and across the world.

Los Angeles planning and events are listed below.

Flyer about Los Angeles 2005 events (PDF)

Date: November 20, 2005 3 PM – 5 PM
Location: Metropolitan Community Church
8714 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood CA 90069-4548
tel: (310) 854-9110 fax: (310) 854-9119
web: www.mccla.or
e-mail: info@mccla.org

For more information call: Vicky Ortega (323)860-7314


This just in from Vicky Ortega:

WEDNESDAY NOV. 16, 2005 -Transgender Empowerment Day (AKA-the day the revolution started-haha)
D.O.R. PRESS CONFERENCE @ L.A. City Hall: Wednesday November 16th 10: 30am on 1st steps.
 Press Conference at LA City Hall (First Street steps) this Wed. Nov. 16th at 10:30 AM. If you wish to have parking provided, please call (213) 473-7013 and ask for Sally Castro or Billie Jean. Tell them that you will be participating in the DOR press conference, that you would like parking, and give them: your name, the make and model of the vehicle you will be driving, and the vehicle license plate #. They will make the necessary arrangements and will give you directions as to where to park. There will be no charge for parking.
If you know of others that will be coming, please give them this information.
Hope to see you all at this most important event!!!!


Contacts: Michelle Dennis (310-428-1354),

michel3063@aol.com ; and Vicky Ortega

(323-860-7314), vortega@LAGayCenter.org                            


On Wed. morning Nov. 16th at 10:30 AM on the First Street steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti, California State Assemblyman Paul Koretz, members of the Southern California Transgender Community Coalition, members of Human Rights Campaign and members of The LOTUS(League of Trans-Unified Sisters) Society will speak out against the killing of transgender persons due to hate and prejudice, and will  demand an end to the so-called  “panic” legal defense that allows murderers to receive lesser sentences. The speakers will also announce Transgender Day of Remembrance events taking place at various locations in Southern California on Sunday Nov. 20th.

The murder rate of transgender persons is 17 times the national average; the highest rate of any minority group. A recent report of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission indicated that 100% of hate crimes against transgender persons in Los Angeles County were violent; the highest rate of any reported group. These trends show no signs of abating. Transgender persons have the right to live, work, contribute to society and be happy like everyone else.

California bill AB 1160, Elimination of “Panic” Strategy in Criminal Trials, introduced by Assemblymember Sally Lieber would modify the existing definition of “voluntary manslaughter” to prohibit defendants from contending that they were provoked to murder by discovering the victim’s disability, gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

Sunday afternoon and evening, Nov. 20th, thousands of transgender persons, family members, supporters and allies will gather at Transgender Day of Remembrance events throughout Southern California to publicly mourn and honor at Transgender Day of Remembrance (DOR) events transgender sisters and brothers killed during 2005 due to hatred and prejudice. These local gatherings will be part of hundreds of similar events held throughout the United States and the world.

The Los Angeles County DOR event will be held Sunday Nov. 20th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Metropolitan Community Church at 8714 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. The event will be followed by a march down Santa Monica Blvd. to Mathew Sheppard Square at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights. A peaceful rally will be held at the Square to once again demand an end of the “panic” legal defense.

The following persons are DOR coordinators in the counties indicated. They can be contacted for information about local DOR events.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY: AJ (619-692-2077, adavis@thecentersd.org ); Poly (killingpoly@cox.net ) or Autumn (changing_seasons@cox.net )

ORANGE COUNTY: Pat (714-531-2731, patman420@juno.com ) or Cheryl (beingme_oc@yahoo.com )

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jami (951-827-2267, jami.grosser@ucr.edu )

LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Vicky (323-860-7314, vortega@LAGayCenter.org )

For more information about AB 1160, please see http://www.eqca.org

For more information about the Transgender Day of Remembrance, please see Http://www.gender.org/remember/day/  .

D.O.R. Planning Meeting: (YES! we are still having a planning Meeting)  Wednesday November 16, 12:30pm- 1:30pm @ The village 1125N. McCadden, Los Angeles, Ca, 90038

Metamorphosis MTF Health Forum ( see attached flyer) Wednesday Nov. 16 -3:00pm - 6:pm @ The Village
SATURDAY Nov. 19, 2005
--------D.O.R. Sign Making Party hosted by Southern California Transgender Community Coalition 12pm - 4pm @ The Village
SUNDAY Nov. 20, 2005 (THE BIG DAY )

LOCATION:  Transgender Day of Remembrance to be Held at: 8714 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood,Ca, 90069
Time: 3pm - 5pm followed by a candlelight vigil and demonstration (see attached Flyer)

This year’s event will be immediately followed by a demonstration/protest. Theme is:
“Call to Action: Stop the Trans/Gay Panic Defense”.

Metamorphosis 16 November
I have also attached the electronic version of the DOR flyer and a flyer for METAMORPHOSIS a TG health forum in collaboration with APAIT, LAGLC, CHLA, and LOTUS

We must all support each other in our endeavors to be a successful community!