Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international event.
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The Transgender Day of Remembrance is recognized annually each November 20. It is a day to memorialize fallen members of the trans* community who have been killed as a result of transphobia and hate.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance brings much needed awareness to the trials and horrors faced by the trans* community around the world. It needs to be everyone’s goal to keep the media attention and awareness that is focused on our community during TDoR going ALL YEAR LONG.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Deadweb project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder â€” like most anti-transgender murder cases â€” has yet to be solved.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender – that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant – each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.
Since its inception, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has been held annually on November 20th, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, the Day of Remembrance was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence