CUPE Manitoba marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20

On November 20, workplaces and communities across the country and around the world will take the time to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance to honour the lives of loved ones, friends and neighbours who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender violence.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts in 1998.

“As we mark this day and reflect upon the lives that have been lost because of their gender identity or gender expression, we must recommit to the work required to eliminate transphobia in our workplaces and our communities,” said CUPE Manitoba President Gord Delbridge.

CUPE members are encouraged to attend the Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony tonight at the University of Winnipeg Bulman Student Centre from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.