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Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Announced for Columbus


Gloria McCauley, BRAVO
(614) 294-7867

Shane Morgan, TransOhio
(614) 441-8167

Columbus, Ohio – October 4, 2010 – Local and statewide organizations announce the 12th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held in November each year to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender, each was a victim of violence based on bias or prejudice against transgender people.

The list of deaths available at only contains those deaths known to the transgender community or that have been reported to the media. The Day of Remembrance is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

This year’s vigil will take place on Thursday, November 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at King Avenue United Methodist Church, located at 299 King Avenue, Columbus, 43201. King Avenue United Methodist Church is handicap accessible. The vigil will be ASL interpreted.

Remember. Honor. Empower.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is intended to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media does not perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance gives transgender people and their allies a chance to step forward and stand in vigil, memorializing those who have died by anti-transgender violence.

Community Partners include: TransOhio, Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO), King Avenue United Methodist Church, North Congregational United Church of Christs’ Gender Fold Action Alliance, New Leaf Columbus, Stonewall Columbus, The Ohio State University GLBT Alumni Society, Equality Ohio, HRC-Columbus, Columbus AIDS Task Force, The Ohio State University Multicultual Center.

If your organization or community group would like to become a community partner, please contact TDOR Co-Chair Karen at


TransOhio October 2010 Newsletter Now Available!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dear TransOhio Family, Friends and Allies!

The October 2010 issue of the TransOhio newsletter is now available! You can download the newsletter at: .

There are tons of events & activities happening during the Fall, so, make sure you take a look at the calendar and the other events noted throughout the newsletter!

Upcoming Notables:

  • Monday, October 4, 2010 is the LAST day to register for the Ohio General Election (November 2)
  • Columbus TG Support Group, Wednesday, October 6 at Stonewall Columbus, 7pm
  • Planning Committee Meeting, Columbus Transgender Day of Remembrance, October 6 (contact Karen at for meeting details)
  • Partners’ Discussion Group, Wednesday, October 13
  • Toledo TG Support Group, Sunday, October 24, 3pm
  • Ally Week at The Ohio State University – Columbus
  • And more!


Email for information.

We need Volunteers! Interested in meeting new people? Can you help us at the Transgender Day of Remembrance? TransOhio Community Thanksgiving? Email us at for details!

We’ll see you soon!

Don’t forget to check out for a full calendar of events, workshops and other fantastic community gatherings!

In Community,
TransOhio Board of Directors
Shane, Melissa, Jacob and Sarah

2010 Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit

Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit

2010 Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit
Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (ET)
Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union
100 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Register Online!

FREE live webinar on effective networking strategies hosted by

Professional networking is the secret of the game both when you are seeking new employment and when you want to achieve high-quality visibility with your current employer. Out & Equal’s unique job search and employment networking website——will host a free live webinar, sponsored by Progressive Insurance on the “12 Rules of Effective Networking.”

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 31 12-1pm PDT. Pre-registration is required and available online.

Sandy Jones-Kaminski, former HR recruiting professional,networking expert and author of “I’m at a Networking Event-Now What?” will offer wisdom on the myths and realities of networking-just in time to polish up your networking skills for the 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Sandy offers a sneak peak of her presentation: “Start asking people you meet,”What are you working on?” instead of the trite ‘What do you do?”

This chock-full webinar will kick off with a ten-minute virtual job fair conducted by Christopher Humlicek, Candidate Development Manager for Progressive Insurance’s 250 claims offices in 35 states. Progressive is a leading diversity employer in the stable insurance industry. “I am looking forward to reaching out to the LGBT and allied workforce for positions I need to fill right now,” says Humlicek.

This is your opportunity to both learn and practice your networking skills without leaving your desk. Register today- It’s free!

Making It Affordable: 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium

Dear Future Symposium Attendee:

The TransOhio Board of Directors understand the difficulties many people are facing due to our tough economic times.  In response to this, we have arranged resources to make attending TransOhio’s 3rd Annual Transgender & Ally Symposium (August 13-15, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio) more affordable for everyone.


Scholarships are available to those who need assistance with registration costs.  If you are unemployed, underemployed or having difficulty affording the full price of registration for any reason, please apply for a scholarship! It never hurts to apply.

Send the following information to us at

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • City
  • State
  • A brief explanation as to why you are applying

Ride Sharing

We have attendees coming in from all over Ohio and the Midwest. We want to encourage everyone to share transportation costs.  To connect with others in your area please visit the TransOhio Google Group.  When posting an interest, please include “Ride Share” and the name of your city or town in the subject line.

Room Sharing

Hotel costs can be a big deterrent so we are encouraging everyone to share in these costs when possible by using the TransOhio Google Group.  If you live in the Columbus area and are interested in hosting an out-of-town guest please include “Host Opportunity” in the subject line.  If you are planning to stay in a hotel and would like to offset the costs by sharing a room please include “Room Share” in the subject line of your post. Check out the symposium website for an updated list of other local (and potentially less expensive) hotels.

We have done everything possible to make this symposium affordable for providers and general conference attendees alike. In fact, the average cost of registration for a 2-3 day Transgender conference in the United States this past year is approximately $300!

By securing many generous sponsors, we are able to keep our fees reasonable, and provide you with three days filled with local and national presenters, speakers, activities and entertainment.

Together we can make it possible for everyone to attend who wishes to!

In community,
TransOhio Board of Directors