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Neighbors

Churches plan Transgender Day of Remembrance service

DeKALB – DeKalb-area churches will gather for a memorial service in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The service will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb.

Discussion over a light meal will follow the service. This first event in DeKalb will be one of many around the world to commemorate the day.

Transgender Day of Remembrance honors transgender and gender variant individuals who were murdered because of anti-transgender violence over the past 12 months. The Day of Remembrance began in 1999 to draw attention to the issue of anti-transgender violence.  The event initially was created to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of a Massachusetts transgender woman, Rita Hester, whose death remains unsolved.

A free-will offering will be collected after the service, with proceeds going to Youth Outlook, a social service agency serving LGBTQ+ youth in six northern Illinois counties, including DeKalb. For information on the agency, visit youth-outlook.org.

The pastors of Westminster Presbyterian Church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, First Lutheran Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church are participating in the service. The meal after the service will be hosted by Beloved Community.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is a handicapped-accessible facility. Large-print bulletins, listening-assist devices and all-gender restrooms are available.

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