History of TDOR and Why We Remember
Transgender Day of Remembrance, also known as TDOR, is a vigil held yearly on November 20th to raise public awareness of violence against transgender people, as well as, mourn and honor the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten. This day also provides an opportunity for the City of Gainesville and the surrounding areas to step forward and stand in vigil to remember those who have died by anti-transgender violence.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in the Castro district of San Francisco on November 20th, 1999 as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman of color who was killed in November of 1998. Now TDOR is being held globally in locations such as Australia, Canada, The Philippines, Russia, South Korea and many more.
In the article, Transgender Day of Remembrance: Why We Remember, the founder of TDOR, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, writes,
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is not an event for fundraisers and beer busts. It's not an event we "celebrate." It is not a quick and easy one-day way for organizations to get credit for their support of the transgender community. It's not something to trot out on the 20th of November and forget about.
This day we mourn our losses and we honor our precious dead -- tomorrow and every other day, we shall continue to fight for the living.
We can do this by supporting groups and organizations who fight for legislation that helps prosecute those who participate in anti-transgender violence and the rights for transgender and gender diverse individuals. Also, we can participate in the International Transgender Day of Visibility locally and/or online, on top of building and being in community with those around you.
Note: Due to the brutal and often horrific reports regarding how transgender and gender diverse people are murdered, we will be omitting this information from the reading of names (provided by Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide).