Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate.
Additionally, during the week of November 12-19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address the issues trans people face.
What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
How can I participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance?
Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship, and other venues.
The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year.
Attend an event
Check out the full list of events. If your event is not listed, please submit it here.
Resources for media/bloggers
GLAAD’s Resource Kit for Journalists Covering TDOR
GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide
GLAAD’s Call for Increased and Accurate Media Coverage of Transgender Murders
GLAAD’s Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime
Find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance and find the list of this year’s victims at transgenderdor.org
Learn more about transgender people on GLAAD’s resource page.
Learn about Transgender Awareness Week.
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