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Start Time: Nov 21 2012 12:00AM
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Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP) will be making a presentation at the Rockwell Branch of Wichita Public Library on Tuesday, November 20th from 6:00 pm – 8:00. pm. The presentation will be in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Chance Thomas (Wichita) and Stephanie Mott (Topeka) will share their personal stories about what it is like to be transgender in Kansas, and reflect on how violence against transgender people affects so many transgender people and their loved ones.
Transgender Day of Remembrance began as a candlelight vigil following the 1998 murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in her apartment near Boston, Massachusetts. On November 20th of each year, people pause to remember the lives of those who have met with violence, and celebrate those who work to bring that violence to an end.
“Although there have been substantial gains in the last few years with respect to understanding gender identity, once a month, a transgender person is murdered in the United States because of who they are”, said Mott. “In the world, a transgender person is murdered every other day.”
Thomas added, “By sharing our daily experiences as transgender people, we can establish commonalities within society as a whole. Therefore, undoubtedly, conveying the fact that we are just like everyone else. Thus, allowing people to understand that “we” (meaning humanity) are simply trying to be happy and true to ourselves while succeeding in this game we all call life.”
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mott at (785) 215-7436 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Thomas at (316) 796-2795 or email@example.com.