DeKALB – DeKalb-area churches will gather together Sunday for a memorial service in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The service will be at 5:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb.
A light meal will follow the service. This event 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 due to anti-transgender violence over the previous 12 months. The Day of Remembrance began in 1999 to draw attention to the issue of anti-transgender violence.
The event was initially created to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of a Massachusetts transgender woman, Rita Hester, whose death remains unsolved.
The pastors of Westminster Presbyterian Church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, First Congregational Church and Fox Valley Presbyterian Church are participating in the service. The meal after the service will be hosted by Westminster’s Committee on Diversity and Allyship.
A free-will offering will be collected immediately after the service, with all proceeds going to Youth Outlook, a social service agency serving LGBTQ+ youth in northern Illinois.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is an accessible facility with all-gender, single occupancy restrooms.
Large-print bulletins and listening-assist devices are available on request.