Unfortunately, humans are sometimes threatened by what they don’t understand or that which is unfamiliar. Our transgender kindred are targeted with acts of discrimination and violence. Laws have been introduced which would make it more difficult for trans people to simply live their lives. Most disturbingly, transgender people are targeted and murdered every year.
In order to bring awareness to the deadly violence waged against trans people, some faith communities and other groups have vigils to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance (or TDOR) was started 20 years ago by advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith in honor of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998 as a result of anti-transgender violence. The vigil has become an annual tradition that takes place every year, in communities around the world, on Nov. 20.
First Congregational UCC will be having its 5th annual TDOR service 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. We will pray, light candles, sing, and read the names of the beloved children of God whose lives were taken from them this year.
I hope you will consider showing your love for our transgender neighbors by praying for an end to the violence and discrimination. May we appreciate the beauty that diversity brings and see the imago dei, the image of God, in our trans kindred and treat them as a beloved part of the body of Christ.