HHRC hosts Transgender Day of Remembrance event on November 20th

AUGUSTA—The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will host a reading on Friday, November 20th at noon at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta of the names of transgender individuals who were murdered or died under mysterious circumstances during the past year

The event, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity to learn about the grim statistics of transgender individuals. In the US, 90% of transgender individuals have reported some form of work or housing discrimination solely because of their gender. As of November 10th, the list of those murdered has reached 73 names, and the average age of those individuals is 27 years old. The list does not include those whose murders went unreported, or those who committed suicide. Alarmingly, 41% of those who identify as transgender have reported attempting to commit suicide, compared to 1.4% of the general population.

The HHRC is presenting this program in conjunction with its current exhibit, Transgender Maine. The exhibit, which opened in September and runs through December 18th, focuses on Maine people who identify as transgender, those who support and advocate for them, and the efforts in Maine to get equal rights and recognition for the needs and health of transgender people.

The Michael Klahr Center is on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment on weekends and evenings.

Transgender Maine is made possible with support and contributions from the UMA Diversity Committee, Maine Transnet, Equality Maine, The Maine Transgender Lobby, Safe Space Radio, The Trans Youth Equality Foundation, The Maine State Archives, The Whitefield Historical Society, The Maine State Museum, The Sampson Archives at USM, The Maine Women’s Lobby, USM Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, The Maine People’s Alliance, the  Schlesinger Library at Harvard, The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, SAGE Maine, Maine People’s Alliance, GLSEN; and many individuals throughout Maine.

For more information, or to schedule a visit, call the HHRC at 207-621-3530