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, 2020

University of Michigan

  • November 12, 6pm, 
    Part of Transgender Awareness Week. 
    University of Michigan: "You are invited to this tri-campus collaboration between UM-Flint, UM-Dearborn, and UM-Ann Arbor at our annual observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to observe the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. There will be brief student performances to uplift and honor our trans kin lost too soon. Joining us virtually from Detroit, MI are guests Lilianna Reyes (she/her) and Jeynce Poindexter (she/her) who will conclude the event with calls to action."

Benton Harbor & Southwest Michigan/North Indiana.

  • November 20, 7pm, Facebook
    The OutCenter of Southwest Michigan: "Join us for this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance Service as we honor and remember our Transgender community members who lost their lives to violence in the past year. Due to safety concerns regarding Covid-19, this year's service will be live streamed on Facebook at 7:00pm on Friday November 20th. This event is a collaboration of Mosaic Health & Healing Arts, The LGBTQ Center, TREES, The OutCenter of Southwest Michigan, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Grace United Church of Christ, and members of the local LGBTQ+ community."


  • November 20, 6:45pm, YouTube
    GNA Gender Identity Network Alliance: "Every year on 20 November we remember our dead; those in our community, around the world, who were murdered or committed suicide for trying to live their authentic lives. We read their names so that their deaths are not in vain and they are not forgotten. This year, due to the pandemic, we will host a virtual event on YouTube: Detroit TG Day of Remembrance. Speakers will include Jay Kaplan of the Michigan ACLU LGBT Project. We will post more information as we get closer to the event. Please make the time to be part of this important international event to remember our dead and support our community."

Grand Rapids

  • Friday, November 20
    Grand Rapids Pride Center: "Please join us for a virtual vigil for Trans Day of Remembrance this year. The TGNC Committee has decided to cancel it's "walk-through" vigil due to rising COVID hospitalizations in Michigan. To take part in the vigil, please light a candle in your own home... and spend some time honoring, mourning, and reflecting on those Trans lives we lost this year to anti-transgender violence. If you feel comfortable doing so, please post a picture of your candle/memorial and any personal reflections, with the hashtags #TransSolidarity and #TDOR2020."



  • November 20, 6pm, Facebook
    OutFront of Kalamazoo: "Join us on Friday, November 20th, 2020, for OutFront virtual Trans Day of Remembrance event in collaboration with WMU's Office of LBGT Student Services. The event will be held live on OutFront Kalamazoo's Facebook page."


  • November 20, 6pm, Zoom
    Michigan State University: "Join the LBGT Resource Center, Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, MSU TransAction, MSU Libraries LGBTQ+ Special Collection, Transilience, Center for Gender in Global Context, Salus Center MI, Transcend, and Lansing's Queer Quior for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an evening when our community comes together to take time to honor the transgender family we taken from us this year. Together, we mourn for our community we have lost and fight for our collective future to come. Join us virtually on Friday, November 20th 2020 at 6pm." Register here:

Stand with Trans

  • November 20, 6pm,
    Stand With Trans: "November 20 is TDOR. Too many trans folks, and especially trans women of color, are murdered every year just for being trans. According to the HRC, 33 individuals have been killed thus far in 2020. Stand with Trans will honor these individuals with a live stream memorial on November 20 at 6:00 pm EST. More details to come. We also will invite folks to share their best memories with us via our virtual memory board. Stay tuned for details."


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