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Transgender Day of Remembrance, which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia[1] and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.[2]

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman,[3] to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.[4] Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20,[5] and it has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.[6]

Typically, a TDoR memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year,[7] and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, and marches.[8] The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has extensively covered TDoR.[9] GLAAD has interviewed numerous transgender advocates[10] (including actress Candis Cayne[11]), profiled an event at the New York City LGBT Community Center,[12] and discussed media coverage of TDoR.[13]


  1. Trans Day of Remembrance. Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (2013). Retrieved on 2013-11-20.
  2. Millen, Lainey. "North Carolinians mark Transgender Remembrance Day", 2008-11-20. 
  3. Smith, G.. Biography. Retrieved on 2013-11-20.
  4. Jacobs, Ethan. "Remembering Rita Hester", 2008-11-15. 
  5. Transgender Day of Remembrance. Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved on 2013-11-20.
  6. St. Pierre, E. (2010). TDoR Events and Locations 2010.
  7. Gonzalez, Yvonne. "Groups recognize transgender remembrance day", 2010-11-18. 
  8. GLAAD. "Exclusive Video: Candis Cayne Discusses Being Out as Transgender in Hollywood", GLAAD, 2009-11-20. Retrieved on 2011-03-07. 
  9. GLAAD. "New York City's LGBT Center Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance", GLAAD, 2010-11-20. Retrieved on 2011-03-03.