Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual event begun in 1999 and held on November 20 to honor those lost at the hands of anti-trans violence. The event was the first internationally recognized event focusing on trans people, and over two decades, it has helped to lay the groundwork for worldwide activism surrounding trans lives. The TDOR has also highlighted the fact that the preponderance of anti-trans murder victims are Black, women, and poor.


The TDOR was an outgrowth of “Remembering Our Dead,” a website with information about people who had been murdered because of their gender identity or expression, developed by Gwendolyn Ann Smith following the killing of Rita Hester, a 34-year-old Black trans woman. Hester was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts, on November ...

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