Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Why It's Important?

Various societies around the world have found their own ways to honor TDoR, including rallies, vigils, marches, and several gatherings. Do you have an idea why exactly the day is celebrated? And, what you can do to contribute to this day? Here is the simple guide.

What is TDoR?

Transgender Day of Remembrance or TDoR is a yearly observation on November 20 that honors the memory of those, who lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence. 

How does it come into existence?

TDoR was originally founded 17 years ago by trans activist and Bay Area resident Gwendolyn Ann Smith, to honor a memory of a dead young trans woman who was slain in anti-trans violence. 

Today, TDoR is observed in across 200 cities in more than 20 counties.

November is known as a Transgender Awareness Month, and each year on November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance toils as a memorial for the trans and gender nonconforming people around the world who were killed for simply living their real lives.How can you observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Attend the event and say their names.

Various TDoR events can be seen around a vigil or memorial where the names of all the people who lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence, are read aloud. You can participate in the event and honor them.

Where do you get the name of victims?

Well, there are various websites and blogs where activists have maintained a list of victims all around the globe. Founder, Smith, maintains a website that contains the name of the victims throughout the world. Also, a journalist maintains a blog to list out the names.  

What events to look for?

Though candlelight memorials are the most common way that you can recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance. Instead, you can also connect with the local LGBTQ organizations and seek out different events.

Lift up the work of transgenders and gender non-conforming artists.

Activists also mark a "Trans Day of Resilience" on November 20.

What is Trans Day of Resilience?

An initiative named, Strong Families, has started presenting a series of striking images under the banner of "Trans Day of Resilience." A vivid representations of how gender equality can be a catalyst for change of empowerment.You can observe the Trans Day by sharing their artwork.

Support the communities that work to improve the lives of trans people.

Many abolitionists have pointed out that, while we need to honor the people who died, we should also support those who are alive. You can connect with organizations around the country who are working to improve the lives of transgender people. 

Help trans people financially.

This year, many TDoR committees are also selling shirts to help raise money for a memorial fund, for trans people who have low income. These committees are also supporting the projects working to end violence against the trans community.

Which way do you choose, to observe the trans day?

Lastly, I only want to say that "you might feel worthless to one person, but you are priceless for all of the rest, around the world. Don't ever forget your value."What are your views on the same? Are you also observing the Trans Day of Remembrance? Do tell us by leaving your comments.Also, share the article with your friends and family.