Date(s) - November 20, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sussex Pride & Transliance will hold a vigil to honor the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. The event takes place at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Southern Delaware. This observance is co-sponsored by Salisbury PFLAG, Rehoboth Beach PFLAG, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Southern Delaware, and Delaware Pride.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance will feature remarks State Senator Sarah McBride. In 2016 McBride became the first openly transgender person to speak at a national party convention when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention. In November of 2020 she was elected to office and became the first transgender state senator in the country, making her the highest-ranking transgender elected official in United States history.
The event will also include a video presentation from Admiral Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, a performance of the song True Colors by Finn Sutton, and a Reading of the Rainbow by Sussex Pride Board Member Elizabeth Shea Mantey. Delaware Pride Vice President Amanda White will also be a featured speaker.
The theme for the event is ‘True Colors’. . Everyone is invited to join us and stand with us in pride. Come dressed as you are or in your true colors.
This year’s TransLiance outstanding ally awards will be presented to Delaware Pride’s VP Amanda White and the board of Delaware Pride, David Mariner and the board of Sussex Pride, as well as Mark Delancy and the board of Salisbury PFLAG. The awards are for their dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The event will will end with a reading of the names of transgender and nonbinary community members brutally murdered in the last year. The Human Rights Campaign has documented 32 such deaths thus far this year. Once again this year Salisbury PFLAG will be providing hand painted ornaments with the names of the deceased.
Sussex Pride works to celebrate, strengthen, and support the LGBTQ+ community in Sussex County and the state of Delaware, working through a social justice lens. We focus on arts & culture, health & wellness, social and support groups, and advocacy for our community. TransLiance is a program of Sussex Pride.
Sponsored by Sussex Pride, Transliance, PFLAG Rehoboth Beach, PFLAG Salisbury, and Equality Delaware.
Bookings are closed for this event.