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Not many of us today can say we have not been touched by AIDS in one way or another. It has touched friends , family, the person on the bus you see every day or a co-worker. This is why on December 1 each year the world comes together to remember those we have lost to this disease. Where did this idea come from and why December 1? Let’s take a look back just to remind ourselves where this all started.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) had its 15th year of observance this past week. The day is international in scope and recognizes the untimely loss of life in the trans community, be it through violence, or suicide. Observances occur around the world typically with services held in a house of worship. The usual pattern is not unlike a Protestant funeral of sorts. Clergy often lead with prayers and readings, trans persons or allies speak with prepared remarks, a few songs are sung and almost universally there is some form of “the reading of the names”. That last item being a list of names of trans persons killed and are in some cases offered with graphic descriptions of their horrifying end. In many places there is the lighting of candles to represent these losses. The sequence of events may be different in other cities, the content usually not.
Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church and an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, will speak on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Avenue, in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore. He will talk about his experiences and the role of faith and religion in public life. A free reception will follow.
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