ST. GEORGE – The Dixie State University Gay Straight Alliance is holding its annual candlelight vigil in remembrance of those lost to transgender related violence. The vigil will take place at the Dixie State University Outdoor Amphitheater Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m and the community is invited to attend.
In the hour before the candlelight vigil, speakers Claudia Bradshaw, Christina Duncan and selected students will speak on topics such as the differences between sexuality and gender identity, transphobia, transitioning, and personal life experiences.
The candlelight vigil will be in honor of those lost to transgender related violence and will include a name reading.
“This event will bring it home that some people face serious discrimination to the point where people are killed,” DSU’s Gay Straight Alliance President Kristian Johnson said. “Not being exposed to it here, we forget people can be killed just for their gender identity, just for being who they are.”
There will be a bonfire as well as hot chocolate and candles available. Bringing a jacket is recommended.
After the candlelight vigil, community members are encouraged to stay, ask questions and meet with other supporters of equality.
“This is a great introductory event to come out and meet people who support equality in our community,” Johnson said. “We have great allies.”
- What: Candlelight vigil to remember those lost to transgender related violence
- When: Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Where: Dixie State University Outdoor Amphitheater
- Website: DSU Gay Straight Alliance
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