Transgender Day of Remembrance is held on November 20th each year to honor those lives lost in the transgender community. Its beginnings date back to the murder of Rita Hester in 1998, and the large outpouring of grief led to the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and later to the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999.
The main focus of Transgender Day of Remembrance is obviously to remember those who have lost their lives, but it also provides a forum for the transgender community and allies to raise awareness of the violence faced by gender variant people and the prejudice and hate felt by the transgender community. Community organized events and activities include candlelight vigils, educational forums, as well as photography and poetry exhibits.
To learn more about why there is a need to have a day of remembrance please visit the Transgender Day of Remembrance site to see just who exactly we’ve lost so far this year. GLAAD has a lot of great information and links on their site about the event. The hashtag #TDOR is being used to get the word out, spread stories, and let you know when events are happening. You can also follow the Facebook page for more events, links and updates over the next month.
Want to hold an event in remembrance? Check out the full list of events at the calendar for TDOR.org and if your event isn’t listed, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.