The 2013 Long Island Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 17th 7PM at the

Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

329 South Country Rd. at Beaver Dam Rd.

opposite Bellport High School, about 1.5 miles east of the Village of Bellport

the Village of Bellport, NY
Old South Haven Presbyterian Church
329 South Country Rd. at Beaver Dam Rd.
opposite Bellport High School, about 1.5 miles east of the Village of Bellport

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The Center in Bay Shore will hold a TDOR Vigil on Wednesday November 20th.
Please follow this link for details:

Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Fri. Nov. 8th — Mon. Nov. 11

Cinema Arts Center, Park Ave., Huntington, NY
Long Island TDOR will be sponsoring the reception after the film "Trans" on Saturday November 9th at 4pm
  The film starts at 1:45pm.

2012LITDOR held at
Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church.

2011 LITDOR held at
Sinai Reform Temple,
Bay Shore, NY

2010 LTDOR held at
Temple Sinai of Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, New York

Speakers & Performers 2013

Aydian Dowling

Aydian Dowling is an FTM transgender activist from Patchogue, Long Island. Aydian documented his own transition on YouTube as a way to voice his thoughts, fears, and successes; as well as offer a support mechanism for others looking to transition. His YouTube channel, A Lions Fears, quickly became popular and to date, has nearly 200 videos, reaches over 6,800 followers, and has more than 800,000 views. In 2011, Aydian was chosen as one of three LGBT persons to have their stories showcased on the Emmy Nominated It Gets Better Project on MTV. Aydian and his now wife, Jenilee, spoke of their soon to be wedding and the challenges transgendered couples face when planning to wed. 2011 also marked the year Aydian Launched Point5cc, the first of its kind, stealth clothing company designed to highlight transgender pride. Point5cc also supply free binders to those in need throughout the community and offers $1,000 scholarships, annually, for individual surgery funds. Point5cc is the first binder exchange program that has been adopted by LGBT centers around the USA and its clothing has been worn by notable advocates such as Dan Savage of the It Gets Better Project, and Buck Angel. Point5cc is also a special feature on the Matthew Shepard Foundation youth website called Matthews Place. Most recently Aydian presented to his peers on the topic of Masculinizing Your Body at the 2013Southern Comfort Conference, in Atlanta, GA; which followed his 2012 presentation on the topic of Emotional Transition. Aydian continues his mission to help others by answering hundreds of emails a month and documenting his ongoing transition.

Reverend Gale Jones

Reverend Jones serves as Executive Pastor of Long Island Community Fellowship in Bay Shore, NY. For over 20 years, Reverend Jones has worked with populations that are traditionally marginalized and severely underserved. She is an activist for human rights concerns, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues, alternative sex and differently-gendered cultures, women, disenfranchised and disconnected youth and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Reverend Jones received ordination (Deacon in 1994 and Reverend in 1999) under the auspices of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement (UFCM) in accordance with its requirements and after satisfactorily completing the UFCM designed curriculum. Ultimately, Reverend Jones was sanctioned as a Pastor in 2001. Prior to becoming a pastor of her own church, Reverend Jones worked at UFC-NYC in many capacities. Most notably, Reverend Jones was Director of Education and taught Spiritual Development Classes; managed the Food Pantry and Community Meals Program; organized and operated a funded women’s health ministry; and also served as an Assistant Pastor from 1999 through 2001.

Reverend Jones facilitates workshops and is a conference presenter on youth, women, LGBT and spiritual issues and provides counseling and spiritual support for people living with HIV/AIDS and ministry to incarcerated and/or homeless youth and adults. Some of Reverend Jones’ organizing and community work includes or has included: an appointment to the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Prevention Planning Group and Chair of the Women’s And Children workgroup; co-chair of a consortium of women to host a summit for formerly incarcerated women; steering committee member of the New York Juvenile

Justice Coalition as well as participation in the workgroups for Sexually Exploited Girls and LGBT populations (past co-chair); advisory board member for the Department of Social Work at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.

 Reverend Jones was born and grew up in Philadelphia, PA where she was educated in the parochial school system and subsequently obtained a BA in Economics from Immaculata University (a Catholic Women’s Institution). Reverend Jones is the eldest of three siblings, and the mother of an adult daughter and a grandmother to two grandsons. Reverend Jones earnestly strives to maintain a close walk with God.

Dr. Anna Kłonkowska

Dr. Anna M. KŁONKOWSKA is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Gdansk; sociologist, psychologist, philosopher; publishes in the field of transgender studies. She facilitates one of the few support groups for transgender people in Gdansk, Poland since 2010.

Anna is currently a visiting scholar, hosted by the Sociology Department of Stony Brook University, where she continues her work in the field of transgender identities in the social context. She recently presented a seminar at Stony Brook University entitled, “Masculinity: assigned – reassigned – socially constructed. The situation of transgender people and the social reception of trans-masculinity in Poland” The relationship between ‘transgender’ and ‘transsexual’ as the focus of study in the social science literature, queer theory, and an emergent ‘transgender studies’ field is complex, has changed  throughout the last decades, and will continue to be reformulated. Part of the reason or the movement between ‘transgender’ and ‘transsexual’ terms resides on the meaning given to the categories themselves, and the unit of analysis we choose to explore. Transgender studies focuses more on the everyday experience of trans people, including embodiment and its impact on their social identities. Sociology can continue to contribute to this field if we rethink social scientific knowledge production in relationship to power, and begin to support more collaborative and participatory work that challenges, but builds on, sociological theorizing.

Cathy Renna

Cathy Renna is nationally recognized as a media relations expert and as a leader within the LGBT community. She worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for 14 years, where she served as a primary spokesperson for GLAAD, as well as its first National News Media Director. She is currently Managing Partner of Renna Communications, a public interest communications firm that specializes in LGBT issues.


Joanne Borden

Joanne Borden has lived in Nassau County, New York, for over 53 years. She is a widow, and has 2 children and all 4 grandchildren refer to her as Papa Joanne.Joanne is a retired Professional Engineer (PE), was president of 2 engineering societies, and holds an MBA degree. In retirement, Joanne is the author of many monologues and a just completed book Transgender Complete, A Virtual Handbook. She has performed in the Vagina Monologues and her own monologues on Long Island and several Fresh Fruit Festival variety shows (NYC), where she won the Best Storyteller of 2012 award. She has spoken at Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Services, churches, and synagogues on transgender and GLBT issues. Joanne is a member and current Vice President of her local League of Women Voters. She is an advocate for woman’s equality and has delivered over 40 speeches lobbying for transgender civil rights—protection from discrimination—of gender variant people in her county and state legislatures and other locations.

Michael Bussewitz-Quarm

Director of Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Port Jefferson. He is a member of the Worship Praise Team, along with Christine, Gary, Kerri and Matt. Michael is a choral composer and a wellness consultant. You can find his choral and worship music at and his Facebook wellness page at “Michael’s Healthy Transitions”. Michael lives in Sound Beach with his wife, Melissa, and his two children, Zoë and Kiera.

Tina Marie Carr & Ron Alvarez

Ron R. Alvarez started studying sax at the age of 8. While in school he also studied clarinet, guitar and bass. He is also a long time singer with the Downtown Glee Club under the direction of Dr. George Mead and has sung at Carnegie Hall 6 times with that group. Ron's own band's have played on Broadway, the Catskills, and the Jersey Shore.

Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist Tina Marie Carr has a long history of musical performance, both live and studio, having shared to stage with top national acts that include Pat , Stephen Stills and Johnny winter all over the United States and Canada playing both large arenas and intimate venues for the past 35 years. Her most recent performances include the Long Island Transgender Day of Remembrance and The NYC Tribute for Jeff Buckley.

Cindy Diamonds

International sensation. Cindy Diamonds has entertained LGBT audiences from-Florida and the Caribbean, to Fire island & beyond.Cindy has lent her talents to the community. like fresh fruit festival TDOR shows in 2012 she recorded the voice of Lola for Robert Urban's Trans-Lola. She shines as a singer & transgender rights representative.

Long Island Community Fellowship Choir

The Long Island Community Fellowship Choir was founded by the late Pastor Shane Hibbs, founder of LICF and has continued to be a major ministry at LICF since his passing on August 25, 2010. The choir is comprised of members of the church, using their singing talent to raise the hearts and minds to the glory of praising God. The choir has been invited and has performed outside LICF in public venues such as Long Island Pride Parade, LICF Holiday Ball, LICF fundraising concert in Bellmore as well as TDOR for the past several years. The songs the choir sings are uplifting and reverent for all people and all beliefs. We are an open and welcoming church to everyone.

The Johnnie Moore Singers

The Johnnie Moore Singers, comprised of Johnnie Moore, Norbie Cruz, Vickie Elfe-Camacho and Barbara Salva, is a newly formed quartet. These men and women came together with the sole purpose of singing in wholesome harmony. The last song of the TDOR program, "Gone Too Soon" originally song by Michael Jackson, was selected as a very appropriate tune to remember the unfortunate souls who had their lives taken away just because of who they are, they are all "Gone Too Soon".

Robert Urban

Award-winning singer/songwriter, composer, guitarist, published literary writer & avid gardener ROBERT URBAN is also owner ofManhattan’s URBAN PRODUCTIONS music & video production studio. Robert is the proud founder of GAY GUITARISTS WORLDWIDE and supports the LGBT performing arts  community by producing & hosting his “URBAN PRODUCTIONS BOLDLY PRESENTS” LGBT live-in-concert events (now in its 13th year!).

Robert is  a 2005 Stonewall Society LGBT Hall of Fame inductee; 2006 Outmusic Musician of the Year award winner; 2010 OutvoiceProducer of the Year award winner. This year he is one of 5 nominee finalists in the 2013 RightOut TV Music & Video Awards for Best Live Performance in a Music Video. Robert lives in Manhattan with his life-partner of 25 years Morgan Humphrey.