This Saturday, November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual occasion to honor the trans lives lost to hate-motivated violence in the previous year. It began 22 years ago after the brutal murder of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was fatally stabbed in Massachusetts and misgendered in initial reports of her death. Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender activist, organized vigils honoring Hester in 1999, which led to the formalization of TDOR.
High rates of violence against trans people, particularly Black trans women, continue to this day. As Logo previously reported, at least 46 transgender or gender non-conforming Americans have died violently in 2021 alone, marking the deadliest year on record for trans people in the United States. 2021 has also seen an unprecedented uptick in anti-LGBTQ state-level legislation, including anti-trans sports and health-care bans.
It is more important than ever to show up for our trans siblings. Below, find eight TDOR vigils or actions you can attend this weekend categorized by city.
New York City
Join us as we remember those in the transgender community whose lives have been lost to violence, marginalization, and prejudice, as well as to renew our commitment to creating a brighter future.
Tomorrow virtually on YouTube, 6-7:30 p.m. ET
— The Center (@LGBTCenterNYC) November 17, 2021
New Yorkers can attend a number of virtual or in-person TDOR events, including an online gathering on Thursday (November 18) and an evening vigil in Manhattan’s Little Island on TDOR. Both are organized by the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
5–9pm local time on Saturday, November 20
Windy City-based, Black- and trans-led groups Brave Space Alliance and Life is Work are holding a TDOR memorial and community lunch to address violence against the trans community. The event will honor five trans Chicagoans who lost their lives this year.
11am–3pm local time on Saturday, November 20
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4–6pm local time on Friday, November 19
Philly Trans March is also planning a “silent march and community-guided scream” to commemorate TDOR. Attendees are being asked to wear black attire.
1pm local time on Saturday, November 20
— Golden (they/them) (@goldenthem) November 11, 2021