Transgender Day of Remembrance
262 Athabasca St E
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, please join us for an evening of Honour, Hope & Healing as we remember transgender and gender diverse people who have lost their lives to violence or suicide this year.
Light refreshments and social time to follow the program. We are ready to provide emotional support for those in need.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free, all-ages event.
Why We Gather:
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998, kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. […]
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence. (source)
- The Trans Murder Monitoring project collects and analyses reports of homicides of trans and gender diverse people worldwide.
- TDOR.info annually publishes the names of trans and gender diverse victims of homicide. These names are traditionally read at TDOR memorials every year.
- GLAAD provides resources transgender people and for allies seeking education.
- GLAAD provides resources for media reporting on TDOR and transgender victims of crime.