Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20, 2012

On the annual Transgender SignatureDay of Remembrance, we pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.

This year's Day of Remembrance marks another year of violence directed at the transgender community.  But as dark and dispiriting as this hatred and violence may be, we must remember that we will be free.  While we commemorate those we have lost and the tremendous toll that bias-motivated violence takes on all of us, it is important, too, to have hope and to re-commit ourselves to the challenging work of securing our rights and our freedoms.

First held in 1999 following Rita Hester’s brutal murder inside her Boston apartment, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has evolved into hundreds of memorials and other events around the world.   While the day is primarily meant to remember those lost to hate crimes, it also is used to bring attention to the prejudice that transgender people face that often leads to such crimes.