Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1999 by trans activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith, to honor the life of Rita Hester and the countless others whose lives have been cut short by transphobia. Since then, November 20th has served as an opportunity to collectively mourn those we’ve lost to anti-trans violence.
We were recently reminded by Kiara St. James, co-founder & executive director of New York Trans Advocacy Group, that #TDOR is also an important opportunity to celebrate transgenderresilience. She writes:
While it is important to highlight the global violence being waged against transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC) folks nationally and across the globe, we must be intentional in how we not only honor our fallen, but how we uplift, affirm, and empower our living.
How we hold space on this day must also be about how we tap into our Kick-Ass Resilience!
- Check with local LGBTQ groups to find a TDOR event in your community.
- Mourning Those We’ve Lost and Supporting Survivors on TDOR and Every Day, a piece by Zane Stephens of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
- Stepping Up: A Consensus Statement by Trans Leaders – now available in Spanish.