TransLash Guide to Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) falls on November 20th, right after Transgender Awareness Week, serving as a moment to collect our energy and honor the loved ones we have lost.

According to GLAAD and Remember Our Dead (TW: anti-trans violence), TDOR started in San Francisco in 1999, when trans advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith held a vigil honoring the memory of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was killed in her home two days before her 35th birthday. Ever since, TDOR has been held on November 20th. Attendees honor Rita and her unsolved case, as well as our transgender and TGNC siblings who are no longer with us. 

Here at TransLash, we tell trans stories to save trans lives, and recently launched our commemorations project to create a safe space to grieve those we have lost. 2021 has been the deadliest year for trans people on record, and still, many news outlets do not use correct names and pronouns for transgender people when reporting and investigating their deaths, and often interview people who deadname the victim.

In 2021, Team TransLash collaborated with artist Wriply Bennet to document everyone we’ve lost this year. You can view all of the commemorations we’ve created so far in TransLash Zine Vol. 4: ‘Migration Stories’, and purchase a print edition here.

ICYMI: Wriply is featured on TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones: listen to ‘Stopping & Healing From Violence‘ after exploring this guide.

Since publishing our zine, we’ve learned of even more trans deaths, so our commemoration project continues into 2022.

Below you can find a roundup of our trans-affirming guides, as well as other TDOR resources for both TGNC people and allies. We hope you have a meaningful Transgender Day of Remembrance, in whatever shape that takes for you.

TDOR Resources

TransLash’s Trans-Affirming Guides

Submit any useful Transgender Day of Remembrance resource links that we may have missed here.

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