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Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience

Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience began as a day 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. With the addition of "Resilience" we also recognize the strength and power that our transgender friends, family, and loved ones exemplify simply by existing in a world that is so rampant with transphobic violence. We honor the systems, organizations, and families they have created to support themselves and one another.


2018 TDORR Events


TDORR Candlelight Vigil 

Monday, November 19th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in The Pit

Candles will be provided and we will read off the names and bios of trans folks we have lost to violence in the United States over the last year. 

View the list of transgender people who have been murdered around the world at (Note that this list cannot be comprehensive because of transphobic laws and cultural norms that allow others to control how someone's death is reported.

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Say Their Names: TDORR in The Pit

Tuesday, November 20th from 10:00am - 2:00pm in The Pit

Learn about the trans folks we have lost to violence over the last year in the United States. We will be saying their names every hour in their honor. Placards about each person and information on the types of violence trans people face will be available. 

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. 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. (Source:

Based on a call from New Orleans trans justice organization BreakOUT to celebrate the power of our living trans family, Forward Together founded the Trans Day of Resilience art project ( with the Audre Lorde Project in 2014. 

"On November 20, don’t just mourn our dead – honor the resilience and power of our living trans family. Join us in imagining thriving trans futures by celebrating a different kind of TDOR: Trans Day of Resilience."