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The Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association will host The Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. outside of B’nai Keshet Reconstructionist Synagogue, located at 99 South Fullerton Ave.

The service is meant to raise public awareness, mourn and honor the lives of transgender and gender-non-conforming people and to express love and respect in the face of national indifference and hatred.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, which 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, is set to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, organizers said.

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