Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Pride Center of Staten Island’s Transgender Day of Remembrance event serves to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and to publicly honor the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten.
This day of remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and remember those of who have died by anti-transgender violence and empower our community.
Please join us Saturday, November 19th from 11am to 2pm at the house for meditation by BeYoga and a moment of silence with coffee and pastries to follow.
Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender and gender expansive people and address the unique challenges members of the community face. The purpose of this week is to educate the public about who transgender people are, share stories and experiences, and advance advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community at disproportionate rates. Transgender Awareness Week is about listening to and trusting trans people to be the architects of their own liberation.
Transgender Awareness Week ends with Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is an annual observance on November 20th that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. TDOR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998 in Massachusetts. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event involves reading the victims’ names and ages out loud. It is noteworthy that a high number of people whose deaths are reported are Black trans women. This highlights the intersection of racism, sexism, transphobia, and classism. In 2020 alone, at least 35 transgender and non-binary people have been killed, many of them Black and Latinx trans women. This figure has increased exponentially from 2019 and previous years.