This Friday, November 20th, is the Eleventh Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day on which the transgender community, as well as their families, friends and allies, come together to remember the people who have been killed as a result of transphobic violence. You can find the long list of known deaths since the last TDOR here. (Note: the descriptions of the murders may be triggering.) Though there are many men, and people who identified outside the gender binary on the list, the vast majority of victims were women. A disproportionate number of victims were also people of color.
All over the world, vigils and other events will be held to honor and remember the dead and/or to raise awareness about the epidemic of violence against transgender people. Some of these events will be held on the 20th, with others being held the day before or after. There is an international list of events at the Transgender Day of Remembrance website. Click through to find out if there is one in your area, and be sure to contact the list’s curator Ethan if you know of an event that has not been included.
For more on the history, meaning and importance of the TDOR, check out this article by Monica Roberts over at Global Comment.