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An emotional day to remember those who have lost their lives to hatred, violence and suicide. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Sunday, November 20th. 

It’s a day in which people remember those who have lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence.

There will be three events in which Victorians can take part in this weekend: 

BC Parliament flag raising

On Sunday in Victoria, members of the LGBTQ2IA+ community, allies and a few MLAs will gather on the front lawn of BC’s parliament building to raise the transgender flag on the flagpole.

The MLAs will include Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, Grace Lore and MLA for Vancouver-West End, Spencer Chandra Herbert, will be present to raise the flag on the front lawn for all of Victoria to see.

Once the flag has been risen, there will be a moment of silence followed by brief remarks by those in attendance. 

The ceremony will be livestreamed for those wishing to observe the sombre day who do not reside in the province’s capital. 

  • Where: BC Parliament building front lawn
  • When: 10:30 a.m., Sunday, November 20th

Candlelight vigil

The flag raising will take place on Sunday morning but in the evening, some are planning a candlelight vigil. 

The small evening gathering is open to anyone, so long as they are respectful of the emotionally heavy occasion. 

At the ceremony the names of those who have lost their lives will be read aloud so they can be remembered.

  • Where: BC Parliament buildings front lawn
  • When: 6 p.m., Sunday, November 20th

Vic West reading of names ceremony

At the Vic West community centre, a small gathering will also be held to simply read the names of the trans folks who have lost their lives due to anti-trans violence.

The ceremony will be broadcasted virtually to all regions of BC for those who wish to observe the reading of names. 

This event is being planned and hosted by Te’Vine. They are a BC-wide community for everyone who self-identifies as trans, Two-Spirit and nonbinary. 

Allies, family and friends are welcome. 

  • Where: Vic West Community Hall
  • When: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, November 20th

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