Pride October 2019

Upcoming Drag Queen Storytimes Saturday, October 5, 1:00pm Performers: Lita Miss Shaneen Kincardine Public Library, 177 Queen St., Kincardine, ON Huron County Museum in Goderich, St. Mary’s Library, Kincardine Library and Forest Library have been added to the roster. Follow us on Facebook for the dates, times, locations and addresses. To date 680 children and their parents have been part of the Drag Queen Storytimes. The Rainbow Optimist Club delivered Drag Queen Storytimes at five Middlesex County libraries, two Oxford County libraries, one at Children’s Hospital, two at the London Public Library, one at Belmont Library and one at St. Thomas Public Library. There are more Storytimes scheduled. All are listed under the events section on: Just under $100.00 was received in donations at the Storytimes. At the Dorchester Library Drag Queen Storytime, TD Bank dropped in to present a $2500.00 cheque to the Rainbow Optimist Club for the Drag Queen Storytime series. With this money the Rainbow Optimist will be sponsoring other Storytimes in Southwestern Ontario. Drag Queen Storytimes are a big hit

Saturday, November 2, 1:00pm Performers: Lita Miss Shaneen Forest Library, 61 King St. W, Forest, ON

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded 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 in Allston, Massachusetts. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance events have been held on November 20 each year, and as of 2010, was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries. London honours Transgender Day of Remembrance each year with a candlelight vigil, hosted by TRANS* London and Pride London Festival. The event is held to remember and honour the memory of those whose lives were lost around the world in acts of anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance London 2019 Wednesday, November 20th The Aeolian, 795 Dundas Street East 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free event. All are welcome.

Gwendolyn Ann Smith

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — some- times in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”

PRIDE Villager

Page 7 Issue 3 • Fall 2019

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