Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 20th November that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Additionally, during the week of 12th to 19th November, people and organisations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address the issues trans people face.
What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition 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
We are remembering the 310 people we have lost from 20 November 2017 to 19 November 2018 originating from the following countries:
Argentina (8), Bangladesh (1), Brazil (144), Bolivia (2), Chile (1), Colombia (14), Dominican Republic (1), Ecuador (1), El Salvador (6), France (2), Fiji (1), Guatemala (4), Honduras (1), India (7), Italy (3), Mexico (61), New Zealand (1), Pakistan (7), Paraguay (2), Peru (2), Philippines (1), South Africa (2), Spain (1), Trinidad and Tobago (1), Turkey (7), United Kingdom (1), United States of America (23) and Venezuela (5).