Human Rights are for Everyone.
The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th, people and organizations advocate for Transgender Awareness.
The week finishes with Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This is an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Folks participating in Trans Awareness Week use this as an opportunity to educate and speak out against violence to our transgender and gender non-conforming family, chosen family, friends, and community.
We use our voices to speak out against prejudice, discrimination, and violence that our transgender community faces on a daily basis.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.