The Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin (UUCAS), supported by several local clergy and community leaders, is organizing a Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience Service at Teaoga Square in Athens, Pa. at noon on Nov. 19.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience service will include a lighting of candles, poetry readings, and music by local artist Andy G. Fagan. Guests will also hear from LGBTQ friends and allies in the valley, who will share their experiences.
Rev. Darcey Laine, Minister and Alex Compton, Student Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin (UUCAS), will officiate. This will be an outdoor event, so participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a chair if they would be more comfortable sitting.
In the event of severe weather, the service will be held at UUCAS, located at 112 North St.
This remembrance has been observed locally by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin, for many years. It aims to bring together community leaders and organizations to stand in solidarity with the transgender community and promote inclusivity and acceptance.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed annually around the world on Nov. 20, honoring the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
It was started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998, and all of the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death. It has since become an annual tradition.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin is an intentionally inclusive congregation that welcomes people of all religious backgrounds, racial and cultural origins, sexual orientations, and gender identities.