Church of the Savior UCC in Alpharetta, Georgia will host a community inter-faith vigil at 5 PM on Sunday, November 20, in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day set aside annually to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Though a day of mourning for transgender persons who have lost their lives, TDOR is also a day to renew our commitment to stand with the transgender community whenever their rights and dignity as human beings are under attack.
Rev. Paul Hackett will lead this candlelight vigil to honor the memory of transgender victims with music, contemplative silence, and a reading of names/bell ringing. He also will speak on the importance of support for our transgender and LGBTQ family members and friends, and is calling on the community to place greater importance on advocating and supporting LGBTQ+ youth, teens, and adults.
To learn more about how other UCC congregations observe Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit the Open and Affirming Coalition website: http://openandaffirming.org/issues/transgender/.