International Transgender
Day of Remembrance

November 20


The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. 


Although not every person honored during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender, each was a victim of volence based on bais against transgender people. The deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored.  Over the last decade, more that one person per mouth has died due to transgender based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives.  This trend shows no sign on abating.


The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes.  It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that the media doesn't perform. Day or Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten.  Through the vigil, we express the love and respect for our people in the face of national indifferance and hatred.  Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends, and lovers.  Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who've died by anti-transgender violence.


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Transgender Michigan advocates and educates against transgender violence and discrimination.  Transgender Michigan is encouraging and assisting in Day of Remembrance observances throughout the state.  

Michigan Observances, 2021

November 19

  • Ferndale

    • GNA will be holding our annual event at ZION Lutheran at 7pm. The address is 143 Albany St, Ferndale, MI 48220

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  • Flint

    • This event will feature five local trans community members who will share their stories, in addition to remembering the trans community members that we have lost this year. Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021 is being cohosted by the Center for Gender and Sexuality, the Intercultural Center, PRIDE, and Wellness Services. Accessibility note: Happenings is fully wheelchair accessible, and an ASL interpreter will be at the event. 

    • University Center, UM Flint

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  • Kalamazoo

    • OutFront will partner with Kalamazoo College Office of Relious and Spiritual Life on November 19th to read the names of those who have been affected by anti-trans violence. The ceremony will take place at Stetson Chapel on the campus of Kalamazoo College. The ceremony will be from 11:05 - 11:45 am. All those who attend in person must be masked and vaccinated. There will be a link provided for live streaming later this week on our event calendar. 

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November 20

  • Bay City

    • Please join Great Lakes Bay Pride's Transgender Support Group for a vigil honoring members of the community lost to violence because of their gender identity.  We will gather under the pavilion at Wenonah Park in Bay City at 6:00 p.m. for approximately 1 hour. All are welcome to attend!

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  • East Lansing

    • Join the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center of MSU, other campus stakeholders as well as community organizations to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an evening when our community comes together to honor the transgender family taken from us this year. Together, we mourn for our community we have lost and fight for our collective future to come. Join us in-person and socially distanced in MSU's International Center 115 or virtually via Zoom on Saturday, November 20th 2021 at 6pm.
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      Note: Webinars do not allow attendees to interact fully with people in zoom. ​

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  • Ferndale

    • Affirmations will have a memorial space available to folks so they can pay individual respect to those we've lost.

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  • Grand Rapids

    • A simple memorial and reading of names in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual acknowledgement and mourning for the lives lost to transphobic violence around the world.

    • Grand Rapids Community College

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  • ​Holland

    • ​Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil, 7:00-8:30pm

    • Centennial Park Gazebo, 250 Central Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

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  • YouTube

    • Stand with Trans: Join us on November 20 on our YouTube channel as acknowledge the names of the trans people whose lives were taken globally from January 1 through September 30, 20201.​

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