November 20th is the annual Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDoR). It’s the one, national transgender event that’s on most LGBT organizations’ calendar. The day is set aside to memorialize all of those who’ve killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
The event was first held to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project, and the first San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities across the world where people remember those killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
The events are usually punctuated by the reading of the names of those who’ve been killed since the previous November.
Ethan St. Pierre of the Remembering Our Dead Project has assembled a list of event locations here. Although most TDoR events will be held on Tuesday, November 20th, some events in some cities will be held tonight, Saturday, and Sunday.
Please consider attending an event this year if an one is going to be held close to where you are — it’s important.
* Transgender Day Of Empowerment (TDoE)