International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20, and it has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries
If you haven't participated in this event before you can join in with the folks at the William Way Community Center. Sunday, Nov 20th from 6-9 PM community members will take time away from their busy lives to honor and remember the lives of those trans men and women who were targeted by transphobia and whose lives were cut short due to unchecked violence in America. Every year the list grows but by remembering this day we refuse to let their murders to happen in vain. Together we pledge to fight for trans rights and trans visibility. You can find out more about TDoR at GLADD.com read the list of TDoR lives on the national TDoR website.