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Gwendolyn Ann Smith
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Gwen Smith is a transgender woman living in the San Francisco Bay Area. As well as being the founder of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, she is also a columnist, providing "Transmissions" for the Bay Area Reporter since 2000, and the managing editor for

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Rita Hester and Beyond

(16) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:00 AM

This month is the 15th anniversary of the death of Rita Hester, a young transgender woman of color who was murdered in her apartment in Allston, Mass. It was her death that led to the creation of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is held each year on Nov. 20....

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Inauguration 2013: A Transgender Call to Action

(17) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:51 PM

It was with some pride that I listened to the words of President Barack Obama as he addressed the nation from the steps of the United States Capitol. He laid out a lot of the agenda for his next four years and called upon all of us to play an...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Why We Remember

(12) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 12:58 PM

It all started one night, when I spoke with a few other transgender people about the murder of Rita Hester in November 1998. I talked about how similar the death was to that of Chanelle Pickett just three years before. Both were transgender women of color who lived in Massachusetts,...

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