Transgender Day Of Remembrance
The International Transgender Day of Remembrance began in 1999 in San Francisco to remember the murder of Rita Hester, a transwoman stabbed to death in her apartment in the Boston area. After seeing how the victim was being portrayed in the media, a group of individuals formed the “Remembering Our Dead” website and have continued to document the deaths of transgender individuals, or those perceived as transgender, over the past 14 years. There are Candlelight Vigils being planned across the US and throughout the world to coincide with November 20th.
The program features a Candlelight Vigil, where the names of transgender individuals who have lost their lives to violence, murder, medical apathy and suicide will be read. The names are gathered from public records and news reports from November 20 of last year to November 20 of this year.
There are also musical tributes and speakers to complete the program. A reception with light refreshments will be served.
Many feel that TDOR is a time to gather as a community, not only to mourn the loss of those in our communities, but as a time to build our commitment to equality and increase our awareness.
TDOR is free and open to the public. Age-appropriate children are welcomed, families are encouraged.