U of L honours Trans Day of Remembrance

November 20th is proclaimed Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was started back in 1999 to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.

The University of Lethbridge is holding its own event until 7p.m. tonight in the Markin Hall atrium. 

Ellie Saunders is one of the organizers who says, “it’s now more than ever that we need to be acknowledging and respecting trans and gender non-conforming individuals and making sure they have safe spaces. A lot of people who have been lost this past year is due to violence or suicide.”

The event tonight includes a vigil with homemade paper candles, speakers, personal stories and reflection.

Meanwhile, NDP MPs are calling on the federal government to do more to protect trans children and adults in the trans community.

British Columbia MP Randall Garrison says there have been 321 trans and gender diverse people who have been murdered around the world over the past year including at least one Canadian. Although Saunders says that number is closer to seven.

Garrison says the amount of hate against the trans community continues to climb. 

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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