Trans Day of Remembrance in Ottawa
Six Flag Raising Ceremonies to Commemorate the Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) will be held at Ottawa City Hall, Gatineau City Hall, Ottawa Police Headquarters, Ottawa Paramedic Headquarters, Ottawa Fire Headquarters and Ottawa By Law Headquarters on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. These ceremonies will celebrate the Trans Community and commemorate the lives lost by Trans People worldwide due to Transphobic violence. Over 260 Trans People have been murdered worldwide due to Trans hatred and prejudice within the last year. Visibility by the Trans Community and public education about Trans issues will bring an end to these crimes.
Trans Flag Raising Ceremonies began on November 20, 2010 at Ottawa Police Headquarters. The Ottawa Police became the first official organization to formally recognize the Trans Community in Canada. This was a huge milestone for the Trans Community. Many have said an HISTORIC EVENT. This has become the focus event of all the Flag Raising Ceremonies. Chief Charles Bordeleau, Deputy Mayor Eli El Chantiry, Senator Grant Mitchell and MP Randall Garrison will be in attendance and speak. Other Chiefs will attend their own events.
The Trans Day of Remembrance started in 1999 in San Francisco to remember Rita Hester who was brutally murdered in New York a year earlier. It has become an annual event around the world with Candlelight Vigils being held on November 20 each year.
Ceremonies will be:
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
9:00 am – Ottawa By Law Headquarters, 735 Industrial Ave.
10:30 am – Ottawa Paramedic Headquarters, 2465 Don Reid Dr.
1:00 pm – Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters, 1445 Carling Ave.
2:15 pm – Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.
3:30 pm – Ottawa Police Headquarters, 474 Elgin St.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:00 am – Gatineau City Hall, 25 rue Laurier (without ceremony)
7:00 pm – Candlelight Vigil – Human Rights Monument (Elgin & Lisgar)(informal)
7:30 pm – Jack Purcell Community Centre – Community Dinner