This coming Monday, the 20th of November, marks Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. This is an important year to acknowledge and participate in TDOR, as there have been at least 23 transgender people killed in the United States this year alone.
What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?
TDOR was started in 1999 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’s now become an annual opportunity to commemorate our trans siblings.
How can I participate?
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 this year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations and held at community centers, parks, places of worship, and other venues.
Visit GLAAD’s TDOR page to learn more.
For TDOR, GLAAD will remember the meaningful lives of those trans people that have been killed this year. Join GLAAD in standing against anti-trans violence and commemorating trans loved ones.