For Immediate Release
SWOP Denver Supports the Memorial and Remembrance of Slain Transgender People in 2013
The Gender Identity Center of Colorado will hold a celebration of life for the transgender women and men who died at the hands of others during this past year at the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden at 7pm. SWOP Denver recognizes and values the transgender members of our communities and all transgender people everywhere. Transgender people, particularly transgender women, are overrepresented in our community due to the many difficulties society places in the paths and lives of transgender people.
In particular, we would like to remember and honor Dora Oezer, a female transgender sex worker who was murdered by a customer in her home in Turkey on July 2nd. Dora Oezer will be memorialized this year during both the Transgender Day of Remembrance and at SWOP Denver’s December 17th memorial for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
On July 12th, the Turkish sex workers rights organization Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association held a protest and read a press release in Ankara about Dora’s murder and transphobic and whorephobic murders in general. On July 19th, Dora’s murder and the murder of Swedish sex worker and sex workers rights activist Petite Jasmine inspired an international wave of protests against violence against sex workers in thirty six cities across the globe outside of Turkish and Swedish embassies.
Host: Gender Identity Center of Colorado
What: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W 32nd Ave,Golden CO
When: 7pm November 20th
Host: SWOP Denver
What: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Where: The Bakery, 2132 Market Street, Denver CO
When: 6pm December 17th
About SWOP Denver: SWOP Denver is the Denver chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project. We are a grassroots organization that provides peer support and advocates for the human and labor rights of sex workers and people who trade sex. We have monthly member meetings, educational and memorial events, and social get togethers. We also collaborate on weekly street outreach and coordinate a bad date line.