Trans Day Of Remembrance

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2023 DateNovember 20, 2023
2024 DateNovember 20, 2024

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Trans Day of Remembrance pays tribute to transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who have lost their lives because of violence, discrimination, and hate. It promotes awareness about the challenges they face and works towards securing equal rights. The event highlights issues the trans community encounters, such as hate crimes, as well as emphasizes the need for change, tolerance, and understanding on a global scale.

The concept of Trans Day of Remembrance originated in 1999 in the United States, following the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman. A candlelight vigil was held in her honor which later became an annual tradition. Since then, the observance has grown, and in the United States, it serves as an opportunity for transgender individuals, their families, and allies to come together, memorialize those who have been lost, and create dialogue about the ongoing struggle for trans rights.

Trans Day of Remembrance is observed in America through various events, such as candlelit vigils, marches, art exhibitions, educational workshops, and speaking engagements throughout the country. These events provide a platform for fostering awareness, support, and unity within the community, promoting understanding and acceptance. In addition, the day serves as a call to action for policymakers and society to work towards equity and the protection of transgender individuals. Trans Day of Remembrance is commemorated every year on November 20th.

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Trans Day Of Remembrance facts

  • According to a global survey conducted by in 2023, about 3% of respondents from 30 countries identified themselves as transgender, non-binary/non-conforming,
  • According to the Human Rights Campaign, in 2023, about 21 people were murdered due to transphobia.
  • 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 - TDOR founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Top things to do in the US for Trans Day Of Remembrance

  • Introduce your children to inclusive or non-binary and gender expansive books. Visit Diverse Children's Books for some selections.
  • Participate in a vigil service to honor transgender people who have lost their lives this year.
  • Donate to reputable charities and organizations that help promote acceptance and tolerance. Some organizations include The Trevor Project and the Audre Lorde Project.
  • Use TDOR as an opportunity to engage in activism. Write to your local representatives, encourage them to support legislation protecting transgender individuals from discrimination and violence.

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