17th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Commemorated Around the World
In Solidarity - A message on Trans Day of Remembrance (Transgender Europe)
November is Transgender Awareness Month and today, November 20, marks the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). Thousands will be coming together to commemorate the lives of transgender lives lost.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was first founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memoralize the murder of trans woman Rita Hester in Allston Massachusetts.
Since it’s birth, the day has been celebrated annually on November 20 and this year will be no different. Cities around the world will hold vigils where they will read the names of the trans lives lost this year to anti-trans violence. Events are scheduled to take place in San Francisco, New Orleans, Iceland and more.
...According to the Transgender Murder Monitoring Project, Brazil and Mexico lead the list of the most reported killings of transgender people with 123 and 52 murders.
According to the Daily Dot, an estimated number of 24 transgender people, mostly women of color, have been murdered. The murders exceed 2015’s recorded number of 22 and marks the deadliest year for transgender people in the United States.
These statistics, as well as the Transgender Day of Remembrance serves as a powerful reminder of the stakes of the fight for equality.
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