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Trans Awareness Week Vigil 6 p.m. Nov. 16
@ Harvey Milk Plaza

Oasis California and The Companion of Dorothy the Worker invite you to join us in a Vigil marking Transgender Awareness Week.
Running from Nov. 12 to 19, Transgender Awareness Week brings individuals and organizations around the country together in actions to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. The week leads up to Transgender Day of Remembrance observances which are set for Nov. 20.
Our vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro and continue until 7 p.m. For more information please contact Oasis California or The Companions of Dorothy.

Episcopal Churches set Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) Services in Berkeley & San Francisco Nov 20

On Nov. 20 two Oasis congregations are offering special services to mark The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley offers a 7 p.m. service.

This year marks the 19th annual day to honor the members of the transgender community who have lost their lives to transphobic violence.
Join Rev. Este Gardner and local members of the transgender community for an evening of reflection, readings, and remembrance. All are welcome.
7 p.m. @ Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1823 9th Street, Berkeley, CA

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco will offer an 11 a.m. service.

Join Fr. Tom Jackson for a service of prayer and remembrance, reflections, and renewal.
11 a.m. @ St. Cyprian’s, 2097 Turk Blvd, San Francisco, CA. We’re @ Lyon Street just down the hill from the University of San Francisco. And we’re on the 31 bus line.

On this date, we remember those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. A list of transgender people who died in 2017 is found here.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”  – Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

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Join in the ‘Liturgy of the Names’
starting at 
2 p.m. Dec. 1 @ Castor & 18th Streets

Oasis California and The Companion of Dorothy the Worker invite you to join us in a Liturgy of the Names Dec. 1 @ 2 p.m. Castro Street @ 18th Street. We will remember those who have died in the epidemic, read their names aloud, and pray for the end of HIV/AIDS.
Oasis California invites you to add the name of someone you know who died in the epidemic to our World AIDS Day List of Names.
Our list is open to all who have died form HIV/AIDS – it is open to people of all faiths and traditions. If you add a person by name to this list then on World AIDS Day we will read that individual’s name aloud during our Liturgy of Names.
Please let us know if you would like to be a reader of names at the Dec. 1 Liturgy of Names.