For Immediate Release
October 18, 2011
Tiffany Woods- Program Coordinator
Transgender people and people of color are the most targeted communities for severe hate violence
Oakland, CA – The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released in July a report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010. It documented 27 anti-LGBTQ murders, the second highest yearly total ever recorded by the coalition. This is a 23% increase from 2009. Transgender women made up 44% of the 27 reported hate murders in 2010, while representing only 11% of total survivors and victims. As well, transgender people were more likely to have injuries as a result of attacks and less likely to receive medical care.
This year, Alameda County has been personally/tragically touched with the recent shooting death of Lucie Parkin, 36, transsexual woman, who was shot and killed in a Hayward motel room on Tuesday Sept 20.
The 13th Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance will honor transgender and gender variant individuals killed due to anti-transgender violence around the world over the previous twelve months. The National Day falls on Sunday, November 20. A county wide event will be held in Oakland on Friday, Nov 18, Preservation Park, Oakland, CA. Doors will open at 7 PM and the event will start at 7:30, end at 9:30 and is free and open to the community.
Planned by Tri-City Health Center’s TransVision program, Oakland’s ceremony will be one of over 200+ events being held across the nation and internationally. The evenings ceremony will feature speakers from the community as well as the reading of the names of those we know of who were killed. Over 100 names were read at last year’s event. The Oakland event also recognizes HIV/AIDS as an epidemic that has disproportionately affected transgender people living in Alameda County. Last year’s event drew 239 attendees. A special tribute to Lucy Parkin will be included in this year’s ceremony.
The Oakland Day of Remembrance Event is officially endorsed by Congressman George Miller, D-7, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-9, Senator Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, and the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Tri-City Health Center is the sole Alameda County Office of AIDS contractor providing HIV prevention education services to transgender women throughout Alameda County. TransVision also creates job opportunities, with a 100% all transgender staff.
The Day of Remembrance began in 1999 as a way to draw attention to the issue of anti-transgender violence. The event was initially created to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of a Massachusetts transgender woman, Rita Hester, whose death remains unsolved.