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What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

November 20th is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance or TDOR. This is an observance that honors transgender people who’ve lost their lives due to acts of anti-transgender violence. It was started over twenty years ago by Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998, and it has become a way to honor the loss of lives each year due to bigotry, hatred, and violence. Members of the transgender community, friends, allies, and advocates are welcome to participate in TDOR by attending vigils that normally involve reading a list of names of those lost during the year.

What is Transgender Awareness Week?

Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated November 13-19, the week before the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. People use this week to help raise the visibility of the issues that transgenders and members of their community face on a regular basis, just for being transgender. They do this by organizing meetings, sharing stories and experiences, and advocating against prejudice and discrimination toward transgender people. 

Surprisingly, the majority of Americans believe they have never met someone who is transgender so it falls upon the media to inform, which has been poorly done for the last century. Transgender Awareness Week is a way for the transgender community to better educate and enlighten the general public on being human to other humans.

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