FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2016
Contact: Robert Salcido, Pride Center San Antonio, 210-370-7743
San Antonio Holds Transgender Day of Remembrance Memory Walk
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – In the first 11 months of 2016 we’ve had twenty-four transgender deaths as a result of violence, surpassing the number of trans lives lost last year. This year, now the deadliest year, started with Monica Loera on January 22 in Austin, Texas. Other Texans include Erykah Tijerina on August 8 in El Paso, Shante Isaac on April 10 in Houston, and Veronica Banks Cano* on February 19 local to San Antonio.
On Thursday, November 17th The Center – Pride Center San Antonio will hold a Memory Walk to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). We invite the community to walk with us, carry a light, carry a sign, or light a candle as we say their names. Walk with us painfully, proud, defiant, and unified. We walk in memory of those who no longer walk, no longer sing, no longer dance, and no longer cry.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually as a memorial to trans identified and gender variant individuals who are murdered each year due to hate, transphobia and society’s strict adherence to the gender binary. This event aims to raise awareness and educate the larger community in order to effect change in this horrifying trend.
The walk will culminate in a “service” held at MCC San Antonio at 7:00 pm with a social to follow.
WHO: The Center – Pride Center San Antonio
WHAT: Memory Walk: Transgender Day of Remembrance
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: SAC Parking Lot (Corner of Myrtle & Main)
MORE: 7:00 pm services held at MCC San Antonio following the 0.5 mile walk
The Center – Pride Center San Antonio serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by connecting them and their families to community resources and organizations related to health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy.
*The death of Veronica Banks Cano was ruled accidental by the San Antonio Police Department.