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QTRAC hosts Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil

Elizabeth Van Liew

On Nov. 20, the Queer and Trans Resource and  Advocacy Center (QTRAC) hosted a candlelight vigil in honor of Transgender Remembrance Day. 

Transgender Remembrance Day is annually observed on Nov. 20 to memorialize the trans lives lost due to violence induced by transphobia. 

At the vigil, there was free artwork by transgender BIPOC people that was free for all attendees to take with small tea lights surrounding them. There was also the newest infographic from QTRAC called Quintessentially Queer which was also free for attendees to take. 

Director of QTRAC, Jamie Wire led the vigil and discussed the history and importance of Transgender Remembrance Day. 

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“It is important to understand the intersectionality of the violence against trans people,” said Wire. “We need to be intersectional in addressing the root of this issue and who it impacts the most.”

As the vigil continued, a news piece was shown to introduce the Trans Day of Remembrance, then names and photos of people who were killed this year as a result of trans violence were put on the screen in a slideshow. 

Following the reading of the names, there was a moment of silence for all victims of all transphobic violence. 


Attendees were also able to write thank you notes and notes of encouragement that would be mailed to the Transgender Law Center, which is an organization that uses lawsuits and advocacy to fight laws that criminalize transgender lives. 


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Lily Neves
Lily Neves, News Editor
Lily has been the News Editor for the Hawks Herald since the Fall of 2023. She enjoys keeping the campus updated on the current events around campus. Lily is a Legal Studies and Political Science double major. Outside of the newsroom, Lily enjoys grabbing coffee with friends, working out, and watching sunsets.
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Lizzie is the Chief Designer of the Hawks' Herald. She is a Graphic Design major and plans to minor in Marketing. On campus she is also Secretary of the Design Club and works in the design lab as part of the Design Collective. For fun she enjoys reading stories, writing them and baking.

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