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Originally published: Nov. 15, 2012, 9:28 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2012, 10:24 a.m.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Community organizations across the Carolinas will commemorate the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day organizers say is meant to honor the memory of transgender men and women who have lost their lives to violence and hatred. Marked globally on Nov. 20, several groups had moved their ceremonies to the weekend prior. Several events are scheduled for today in Raleigh, Greensboro, Asheville and Boone. More information below.


Several organizations held their remembrance at The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte on Nov. 19. Read our coverage of the event from the center’s O’Neale Atkinson here.


Students on the campus of North Carolina State University are planning a unique demonstration to raise awareness. Their “Die In” is described as a flash mob and they are encouraging students to come to The Brickyard on Nov. 20 at 12:15 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. Students will collapse for five minutes. Students say it the demonstration will send a powerful message.

Statewide LGBT advocacy and education group Equality North Carolina will hold a candlelight vigil on Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the state Capitol Building at Fayetteville St. and W. Morgan St. Candles will be provided and the names of those lost in the past year will be read.

Later that evening, the Transgender Initiative of the LGBT Center of Raleigh will gather at the center for a reception at 7 p.m. The center is located at 411 Hillsborough St. A light buffet will be provided as well as music and a place for reflection.

See for more information on these three events.


The Triad Gender Alliance presents a Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight vigil. Speakers include Tia Chanella, former Miss TransCarolina/Transgender of the Year, and Janice Covington, North Carolina’s first transgender delegate to the Democratic National Convention. College Park Baptist Church, 1601 Walker Ave., 7-8 p.m. For more details see our event listing.


Community members with Just Us for All will gather for a memorial event on Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. A silent, candlelit march will proceed from the Asheville Civic Center to Vance Monument, where the names of victims will be read. Learn more at the Facebook event listing.


Students and staff at Appalachian State University invite members of the community to a remembrance event at Whitewater Cafe in Plemmons Student Union, 7-8 p.m. Learn more at the event listing at Equality North Carolina’s website.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.