Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) An annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
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.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance Thursday, November 20, 2014, is set aside to honor, memorialize and remember those individuals who, during 2014, were victims of violence based on bias against transgender people. All victims may or may not have identified as transgender – that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant – each died due to anti-transgender hatred and violence.
Public Awareness This day is also important as it serves to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. All too often, hate crimes against transgender people are under reported or ignored. This day provides an opportunity for our allies to join us in remembering that they were not just victims, but sons, daughters, spouses, parents, friends, lovers, associates and neighbors.
The Victims The latest report by the Trans* Violence Tracking Portal reports that 268 murders were committed against trans* people.
Additional Resources and Information If you would like more information or would want to see a list of those lost this year, please navigate to:
International Transgender Day of Remembrance
Human Rights Campaign
Trans* Violence Tracking Portal