Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week. It’s a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are. Stories and experiences are shared, and issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community are addressed.
Transgender Day of Remembrance, is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year.
TDOR was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
Participate in TDOR by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year.