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Transgender Day of Remembrance Set for Redeemer

International event recognizing anti-transgender hatred and prejudice will be recognized locally at 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Church of the Redeemer, in Morristown, will honor the lives of men and women killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice on Sunday, Nov. 18 at its 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 their candle is extinguished.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming 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 on the job 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" also will be shown at the adult forum, which takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. that morning. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremonies are taking place worldwide this weekend. In addition to Church of the Redeemer, only two other events are planned for New Jersey, in Cherry Hill and Princeton.

Stephanie November 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Why is this weird?
Walter O. November 16, 2012 at 04:27 PM
What's weird is that still today, transgender people are abused and killed for who they are. You might not like it, understand or even care, but you should respect them as human beings. No reason to abuse anyone for being LGBT. My two cents...
Cameron Wallace November 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
kudos to Patch for having the humanity to give mention to a misunderstood and maligned fringe of a fringe minority. Would it be "weird" to memorialize victums of hate crimes who are black, latino, jewish... no! it would be inexcusible to say anything other then God Bless the Church of the Redeemers stance saying something is 'weird" is pedestrian and a bit juvenile ---crack a book, watch a pertinent movie or just Google the subject and open your mind--- if you don't that's just ........weird
Kevin Reynolds November 16, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I still find this very weird. Why not have an albino day too?
Cameron Wallace November 16, 2012 at 09:48 PM
country mouse, Kevin- yo, are you dense? Read the article again, SLOWLY, I'm guessing this is about HATE CRIME VIOLENCE not coddle people day I don't understand the feelings either, but I do empythize P.S. if you need to, follow along with your index finger

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