FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For over a decade, Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah has been honored to be the flagship organization dedicated to education and awareness of the transgender experience in Utah. Part of this great responsibility has been our hosting of Transgender Day of Remembrance in Utah. We have enjoyed many a poignant and thought provoking program, remembering those we have lost to violence, medical neglect and suicide, simply for being transgender. We h…ave been pleased to see attendance grow from 25 to over 300, as awareness of TDOR and the meaning of the event is shared in our community.
This year, a group of incredible transgender individuals and allies has stepped forward with the desire to host a community-based TDOR. As with the first TDOR, which remembered Rita Hester, a transwoman who was murdered in Massachusetts in 1998, and whose murder remains unsolved, it is important to empower the transgender voices in our state. TEA of Utah’s mission and vision are dedicated to advocacy and bringing forth the stories and the lived experiences of the transgender here in Utah.
TDOR For the People will be hosting a TDOR event on November 20, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Salt Lake City. TEA of Utah is happy to support their event and will not be hosting a TDOR event in order to bring the entire transgender and ally community under one roof. Being together to acknowledge the loss in our community is imperative in our current culture of transgender shaming, inequality and violence. We should unite as one on the most important day of the year. TEA of Utah is happy to provide fiscal sponsorship to TDOR For the People in order to realize their vision of a community based TDOR.
We look forward to attending TDOR at First Baptist Church and honoring our dead, our survivors, and joining with the transgender community in a day of solemn reflection and call to change.
TEA of Utah