The Transgender Day of Remembrance was first set aside 13 years ago to memorialize those friends and loved ones murdered out of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held every November, in honor of Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 prompted the first vigil. Sadly, her case has yet to be solved.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten, and reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers.
It would be lovely if this could be the last Transgender Day of Remembrance, but unlikely. So, please, join me in taking a moment to quietly reflect, and to remember those lost.
A list (far too long) of those lost in 2011 can be found at Memorializing – 2011 while a list of public vigils and events (far too short) can be found at TDoR Events and Locations 2011.