Friday, November 20 The Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday, November 20 The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), has taken place on November 20 as a day to remember and honour the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Every year on 20th November, we remember and honour the lives of trans and gender-diverse people. It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people.

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

While TDoR is a critical event, most people are committed to highlighting the importance of seeing transphobic violence as inherently connected to race, gender, and class. This is reflected in the unfair instances such as violence against trans women of colour in general. 

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, GLAAD remembers the transgender people whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence this year and over the years.

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