The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown will honor the lives of men and women who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the 10:30 a.m. service. One candle will be lit to represent each life taken over the last year, and a brief history of each individual will be read as the candle is extinguished.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is set aside each year to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of the hatred or fear of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. This day is designed to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
Guest speaker Stephanie Battaglino will share her story during the service. A corporate vice president in the insurance industry, Battaglino successfully transitioned from male to female in 2005. She serves on the boards of the LGBT Community Center of New York and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.
A screening of the film Voices of Witness: Out of the Box will be shown at the adult forum, which takes place from 9 to 10 that morning. This groundbreaking documentary gives voice to transgender people of faith.
The church is located at 36 South St. All are welcome to attend the forum and service of remembrance.