Twelve years ago, an unsolved Boston murder launched an international movement.
This week, Portland State's Queer Resource Center joins organizations around the world to honor Rita Hester and all transgender victims of violence.
PSU's Transgender Empowerment Week includes readings, performances, faculty training and panel discussions in conjunction with the Q Center and Linfield College. A 6 p.m. remembrance and vigil will be held Saturday, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, at Hoffman Hall at PSU.
This year's events focus on the experiences of transgender women of color, who suffer the most violence, according to organizers.
Like many murders of transgender people, Hester's death remains unsolved.
Here are some of the events this week:
- A reading of Six Billion Utopias: a collaborative performance about gender and mental health, created by Taiga Christie. 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19. PSU Multicultural Center, Room 228, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 S.W. Broadway. Please RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131052703616793
- Remembrance Vigil and Event, 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, Hoffman Hall,1833 S.W. Eleventh Ave. Please RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156375177737959
- Trans Day of Empowerment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 21, Queer Resources Center, Room 401, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 S.W. Broadway. Workshops on Sexuality, Anti-Oppression, Theatre of the Oppressed. Limited space. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete listing of events, head to http://www.qrc.pdx.edu/news.php.