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What is Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Question: What is Transgender Day of Remembrance
Answer: The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialize those killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, who was murdered on November 28th, 1998. Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011 is November 20.

Why a Transgender Day of Remembrance?

  • To raise awareness of hate crimes against transgender people
  • To mourn the loss of those killed due to anti-trans violence
  • To support the lives of transgender people
  • To give allies of transgender people an opportunity to stand up and be seen and memorialize those killed by anti-transgender violence

What Happens on Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Many communities hold candle light vigils to remember those who were murdered for being transgender or gender variant. For a list of events, visit International Transgender Day of Remembrance
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