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Transgender Day of Remembrance event in downtown Kelowna

A candlelight vigil will be held at Stuart Park at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20
Person holds transgender flag at ‘No Space for Hate’ rally in Kelowna, Oct. 21, 2023. (Jen Zielinski/ Black Press Media)

A vigil for the Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held in downtown Kelowna on Nov. 20.

The day of remembrance is held in recognition of all transgender lives lost to anti-queer violence. The day was created after the the 1998 murder of Rita Hester, a member and advocate for the transgender community in Boston where she worked on education regarding transgender issues. To this day, no one has been charged in her death.

All are invited to the candlelight vigil at 7p.m. at Stuart Park.

“On Trans Day of Remembrance, we solemnly honour the memory of the hundreds of transgender lives lost in the past year to anti-trans bigotry and violence,” said Advocacy Canada, a queer advocacy group based in Kelowna.

“As we remember those lost, let’s vow to combat the bigotry that contributes to this violence. This world should be a place where every soul, full of life and love, can thrive without fear.”

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