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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Show your support and honor those we have lost. Join us in remembering the transgender community on Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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November 20
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Introduction

Let's come together to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. This day was created in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender activist, to memorialize the countless lives lost due to transphobic violence and discrimination around the world. It is a time for people from all walks of life - regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation - to unite in solidarity with transgender individuals and communities. By celebrating this day we can help support human rights worldwide while honoring those who are no longer here with us today.

History of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance Dates

Transgender Day of Remembrance Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tragic Loss of Rita Hester</div><div class='timeline-text'>Rita Hester, a transgender woman, was brutally murdered in Massachusetts, igniting a wave of outrage and concern in the LGBTQ+ community.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Transgender Day of Remembrance</div><div class='timeline-text'>Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender activist, establishes the Transgender Day of Remembrance in memory of Rita Hester and all those lost to transphobic violence.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Observance Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Transgender Day of Remembrance begins to be observed internationally, shining a global light on transgender rights issues.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognition in DC</div><div class='timeline-text'>Washington D.C. became the first city in the United States to officially recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Notable Advocacy Continues</div><div class='timeline-text'>Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, transgender celebrities and advocates, raise mainstream awareness through their activism and work in the media.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Historic Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>President-elect Joe Biden becomes the first US President-Elect to officially recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Transgender Day of Remembrance

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a remembrance event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to attend a local Transgender Day of Remembrance event.  This is a great way to show your support and take part in honoring the transgender people who have been killed due to hatred.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Read up on transgender issues and learn more about how you can support transgender rights. Researching articles, books and films is an important way to learn more about this community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to transgender causes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a donation to a charity that supports transgender rights, such as The National Center for Transgender Equality or The Human Rights Campaign.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share messages of support</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread messages of acceptance, understanding and love for the transgender community on social media using the hashtag #TransDayOfRemembrance.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Reach out to a trans person</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your support by reaching out to a friend or family member who is transgender and let them know that you are there for them.</p></div></div>

Why Transgender Day of Remembrance is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It honors those lost to violence</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Every November 20th, Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to honor those who have been lost to anti-transgender violence in the past year. This day serves to recognize and remember transgender individuals who are victims of hate crimes, and it helps keep their memory alive.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings attention to discrimination</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Transgender Day of Remembrance also brings attention to the discrimination that transgender people still face today. It serves as a reminder that much work remains to be done in terms of fighting for equal rights and protecting transgender lives around the world.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness & encourages activism</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Through its powerful message of remembrance, Transgender Day of Remembrance can help raise public awareness about issues affecting the transgender community. It also encourages people to take action and get involved in activism or advocacy against anti-transgender violence and discrimination.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts on Transgender Remembrance Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Transgender Day of Remembrance is Now Recognised by Various Organisations Worldwide</h3><p class='facts-content'>This vital day of remembrance has gained global recognition over the years. Various organizations worldwide, including some branches of government and educational institutions, now officially observe the day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Candlelight Vigil is a Serene Memorial Activity</h3><p class='facts-content'>A common activity for Transgender Day of Remembrance is participating in a candlelight vigil. These events often involve the reading of names of those whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence in the past year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Artistic Expressions are used to Honor Trans Lives</h3><p class='facts-content'>Transgender Day of Remembrance is often marked with artistic expressions such as music, poetry, and art exhibitions. These activities showcase the creativity and resilience of the trans community while serving as a heartfelt tribute to lives lost.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Online Activism Amplifies the Commemoration</h3><p class='facts-content'>Digital activism has played a key role in spreading awareness about Transgender Day of Remembrance, with hashtags and online campaigns reaching millions of people worldwide.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Day Inspires Legislation and Policy Changes</h3><p class='facts-content'>The heightened visibility and awareness that Transgender Day of Remembrance brings have inspired legislation changes and pushed for policies aimed at driving inclusion and curbing violence against transgender individuals.</p></div></div>

Transgender Day of Remembrance FAQs

When is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Transgender Day of Remembrance is celebrated on November 20 every year. In 2024 Transgender Day of Remembrance will occur on a Wednesday.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Dates

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2023

Nov 20

Monday

2024

Nov 20

Wednesday

2025

Nov 20

Thursday

2026

Nov 20

Friday

2027

Nov 20

Saturday

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