Cesar Chavez St. between Lavaca and Guadalupe
Monday 11/20 7:30 pm
- A Brief History
- Message from TENT’s Executive Director
- Message from Austin TDOR 2017 Chairperson
- Order of Program
- Memorializing 2017
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual international vigil to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
Although not every person memorialized during the TDOR identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender diverse — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has perished as a result of gender-based hate or prejudice. This trend shows no sign of abating.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) serves multiple purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against gender diverse people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. The TDOR also publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who will otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. The TDOR reminds non-gender diverse people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. The TDOR gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died from anti-transgender violence.
The Remembering our Dead Web Project and The Transgender Day of Remembrance are owned by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, All Rights Reserved
Additional information can be found at: tdor.info