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We Remember. Transgender Day of Remembrance. An Organizer's Tool Kit.



Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed on or around November 20 every year. It has continued annually since a 1999 candlelight vigil for Rita Hester, who was murdered in November 1998.


A liturgical reading by Malcolm Himschoot

It is simply not enough that the world takes one day (or one month) to be aware that transgender people exist, have real life concerns, and are dying from both neglect and abuse.

A version of the Lord’s Prayer for those who might want to follow this simple way of praying for their transgender brothers, sisters, and siblings.

The Black-OUT awareness initiative is sponsored by Black Trans Men Inc (BTMi) and involves changing your facebook profile picture on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance. Show your support by being a part of this movement!

J Mase III asks us to make sure our efforts at inclusion are not merely symbolic gestures.

Historical Notes

Gwen Smith talks about Transgender Day of Remembrance in "Remembering The Past, Not Repeating It" By D'Anne Witkowski in Between the Lines News (2003)

A poem from Nancy R. Nangeroni, remembering Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off candlelight vigils in 1999 that later became Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Ethan Jacobs writes in Boston's Edge about the impact of Rita Hester's death.

Monica Roberts on TransGriot reviews the circumstances of Rita Hester's murder and how it inspired the Transgender Day of Remembrance movement.


Home (TDOR Toolkit)
10 Things About TDOR
Critical Questions
Taking Us Seriously
The Role of Religion
Four Reasons NOT|  to host TDOR
Claiming Our Mourning,|  Claiming Our Resistance
More Resources:
Sample Services
The Names

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