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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance banner hanging outside Bailey/Howe Library.

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 transwoman Rita Hester, whose murder in Boston 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.

TDOR in the community

Some organizations outside UVM organize TDOR events too. To find out more, check the RU12 Community Center's calendar.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender (that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant), each was a victim of violence based on transphobia — the oppression and bigotry directed toward against trans people. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. It publicly mourns and honors the lives of trans people who are often otherwise forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for trans people in the face of indifference and hatred.

Last modified June 07 2013 12:45 PM