Transgender Day of Remembrance Date in the current year: November 20, 2016

Transgender Day of Remembrance Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed on November 20 every year. It was established to honor the memory of those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to raise awareness of the continued violence against transgenders.

Transphobia is emotional disgust, anger, fear, or discomfort felt or expressed towards transsexual or transgender people. Physical, sexual, or verbal harassment and violence directed against transgender people are a common manifestation of transphobia. According to statistics, about 60% transgender people have been harassed because of their gender identity.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) was founded by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a graphic designer, columnist and LGBT rights activist. She chose November 20 to commemorate the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender African American Woman who was killed in Allston, Massachusetts. The first observance was held in 1999.

Over the years, TDoR has become an international day of action observed in more than 20 countries and the culmination of the Transgender Awareness Week. It is marked with candlelight vigils, memorial services, marches, rallies, film screenings, art shows and other events and activities. TDoR is supported by many LGBT rights organizations, such as GLAAD (formerly Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

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