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November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance

Monday Nov 20, 2017

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.

During the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participated in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.

You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate.

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started 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 that year and began an important memorial 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," wrote 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.

    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.
  • Check out GLAAD's interactive "Transforming Images: Four Decades of Trans-Inclusive Entertainment" timeline

    More information

  • Find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance here.
  • See the list of people who died because of anti-transgender violence here.
  • Learn more about transgender people on GLAAD's resource page here

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