The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The day was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
On this day, we publicly mourn and honor the lives of those who've died, memorializing them and raising public awareness of hate crimes. The RU12? Community Center held a vigil for the day on November 9th, but would like to acknowledge the day and its incredible significance again on the national date. RU12? hopes to raise awareness of anti-trans* violence, to celebrate and honor the lives of those taken from us and to unite as a community to heal, support one another, and move forward together. This day is a great opportunity for all members of the LGBTQ and Burlington communities to come together to determine how we can better support the trans people in our lives.
As a reminder, the second Trans* support group meeting will be taking place at the center tonight, November 20th, from 6:30-8:30. Please come join us, and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For more information about TDoR and a list of vigils and remembrances worldwide, visit LGBTQNation