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.
- 5 Meaningful Ways You Can Show Up For Trans People This Trans Awareness Week and Beyond, Pink News
- #AntiTransHateMachine: with over 100 anti-trans bills across the country, Team TransLash’s four-episode podcast series investigates and uncovers the forces and organizations responsible for the bills meant to ban trans youth from access to life-saving and equal healthcare. We expose a highly-organized political apparatus by centering the voices and stories of trans people, as well as their families, who are victimized by this hostile movement.
- Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (a guide for ways that companies, ERGs, and others can take meaningful action to honor the lives lost)
- Marking the Deadliest Year on Record, Human Rights Campaign Announces Release of Annual Report on Violence Against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, Human Rights Campaign
- ‘Trans Awareness Week’ Sounds Nice, but We Need Action, The Daily Beast
- Why We Need To Care About Unsolved Trans Deaths, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
- In the Shadow of the Health-Care City: Historicizing Trans Latinx Immigrant Experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic by Leo Lili Valdes
- Here’s a list of Black trans leaders and Black trans-led organizations to follow on Instagram, curated by @blackaids.
TransLash’s Trans-Affirming Guides
- Bisexual Awareness Week
- Intersex Awareness Day
- Latinx Heritage Month
- LGBT History Month
- Mental Health Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month
- Pride Month
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- Non-Binary Awareness Week
Submit any useful Transgender Day of Remembrance resource links that we may have missed here.
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