Annual Service of Remembrance 2014


Thanks to all who attended the


2014 PFLAG Annual Service of Remembrance  

 

In memory of our brothers and sisters who have suffered violent deaths

through murder or suicide because they were (or perceived to be)
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender queer or intersex

 

Sunday, October 19, 2014
4:00 pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church

13th & N Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814 


Steve Hansen
Sacramento City District 4 Councilmember
Honorary Chairman

We are heartbroken at the recent deaths of so many young people
victimized by hatred and fear.  Their pain and despair was
so great, they felt they had no alternative but to take their own lives.

 

Their deaths have placed a spotlight on the terrifying magnitude of hatred

directed toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people
and those who care about them.  Sadly, they have joined a lengthy roll call of
people who have died at the hands of ignorance and bigotry
.

 

Please join us as we remember their lives with love, 

bear witness to the atrocity of their deaths and

affirm together that hatred and violence must end.
 
This service will embrace a variety of spiritual expressions and we will honor the name
of over 750 people (and the countless others whose names are not known to us)

who died at the hands of hatred, ignorance and fear. 

 

This year’s Service of Remembrance is sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG.

 


 


Service of Remembrance

 

The shocking deaths of Satender Singh in 2007 and Ruby Molina in 2008 right here in our community placed a spotlight on the terrifying magnitude of hatred directed toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people and the people who care about them. Sadly, Satender and Ruby are only two names on a lengthy roll call of people who have died at the hands of ignorance and bigotry.

 

The Service of Remembrance was held on November 6, 2011 at Congregation B'nai Israel.  November 7, 2010 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento and previously on October 18, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street in Sacramento.  Founded by PFLAG Sacramento (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the service is offered in memory of all who have died violent deaths because they were (or were perceived to be) gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex. 

 

Distinguished citizens who have previously served as Honorary Chair include Wendy Rae Hill, Rev. Jerry Sloan, Dr. Darrick Lawson, Marghe Covino, The Very Rev. Dr. Donald Brown and the Honorables Anne Rudin, Darrell Steinberg, Illa Collin, Heather Fargo, Roger Dickinson and Dennis Mangers.

 

In 1999, the first Service of Remembrance was held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.  The following year, St. Francis Roman Catholic Church opened their doors for the service.  The third year, Pioneer Congregational, United Church of Christ welcomed us.  Congregation B’nai Israel was the location for the service 2002.  In 2003, St. John’s Lutheran Church hosted the service and First United Methodist Church did in 2004.  In 2005, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church opened its doors for this interfaith service that embraces a variety of spiritual expressions, including the Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu traditions.  The service was held at Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento in 2006, at St. Francis Roman Catholic Parish in 2007, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in 2008, at the First United Methodist Church in 2009, at St. John's Lutheran Church in 2010 and Congregation B'nai Israel in 2011.

 

Featured during the service is a period of time during which we honor the List of Lost Lives - over 750 names whose deaths have been the result of fear, hatred and intolerance toward their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  The service provides the opportunity to remember their lives with love, bear witness to the atrocity of their deaths and affirm as a community that hatred and violence must end. 

 

The Service of Remembrance has traditionally been programmed near National Coming Out Day (October 11th).  This was in recognition of the fact that coming out is a risk and very dangerous for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their families.  By coming out, people risk their homes, their jobs, their friendships, their faith community memberships, their family relationships and even their lives.  In addition, October is designated as Gay and Lesbian History Month.  Thus, this service reminded us that the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has been fraught with injustice, hatred and violence.  Finally, October marks the anniversary of the horrifying torture and murder of Matthew Shepard. 

 

The Service of Remembrance has been recognized by the Office of the Governor of the State of California, the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, the Sacramento City Council and the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors with appropriate Proclamations and Resolutions.  Several elected officials have attended or sent representatives. 

 

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, their families and friends through support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure civil rights.  PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. 

 

For more information, please write, call or email:  PFLAG Sacramento, PO Box 661855, Sacramento, CA  95866, (916) 978-0410, or E-mail us or visit our web page: http://www.pflagsacramento.org
 

 

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PFLAG Sacramento Webmaster,
Oct 4, 2015, 9:24 AM
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