TLDEF Observes the Transgender Day of Remembrance - 2018


TLDEF Observes the Transgender Day of Remembrance - 2018

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund observes the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to memorialize those lost to anti-transgender violence and honor the resilience of our communities globally.

TDOR began in 1999 when activists held a vigil to honor Rita Hester, a 34-year-old African-American transgender woman who was killed the previous year in Massachusetts. Gwendolyn Ann Smith organized what has grown into a worldwide commemoration of trans people killed by violence. Hundreds of thousands of people now observe this solemn day by honoring the memory of the fallen and holding local remembrance events. We encourage our community members and allies to find local events to remember and revere these precious lives.

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance may we all reflect on trans individuals whose lives were cut short by senseless acts of violence, simply for living authentically. This year alone 22 trans people have been killed by hate in the United States, and those are only the deaths we know of. Many go unreported. Nearly all those killed were trans women of color. Widespread discrimination -  including barriers to employment, health care, education and public accommodations - often precedes such violence. TDOR is a wake-up call for those who care about our communities. We must stand together, fight for protections and work to foster a climate of understanding and acceptance.

TLDEF will never waiver in our commitment to serving transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) people. We will continue uplifting our communities, celebrating our vibrancy, and commemorating our immense contributions to the world.  Every day we will work for the betterment of trans lives, and do so as a tribute to every trans person who paid the ultimate price for being themselves."