Friday, 21 November 2014

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialise those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. 

The day serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honours the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. It also serves to remind non-transgender people that prejudice still exists and gives allies a chance to step forward and stand in vigil, memorialising those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.
This year as Streetspace Bournemouth we wanted to get involved with a local act of remembrance but even in a town as diverse and inclusive as Bournemouth we couldn't find one. So 2 weeks ago my partner in crime Kevin and I came up with the idea that even if we just gathered together to read through the list of people who have had their lives taken in the past year then it would still be a divine moment. We created this and set up a Facebook event: 

We had no agenda other than to come together to remember those that had been killed, to light candles and to pray. We aimed to do this on the street in our local community, our space. 

A wise person once said: 
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose in all creation:
A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to cast away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time for war, And a time for peace.”

And this, was our time to remember.

As we read each name, age, cause of death and home town participants came forward and lit a candle. Each flame representing a life that was extinguished far to early. 

What happened blew us away...


As you know we don't pimp out stories but these photos have already been shared on other  community pages.  




Here is a short film made by a local uni student of what unfolded ...


In the ri
Next year why don't you consider curating a moment of remembrance?  








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