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.  

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Michigan Observances, 2022

November 17

  • Zoom, 7pm

  • Ann Arbor

    • Join us for a Trans Day of Remembrance observance on Thursday, November 17 at 5 PM in the Henderson Room of the Michigan League. In partnership with the LGBT centers on UM Dearborn and UM Flint’s campuses, we are hosting a gathering to honor the transgender people whose lives were taken this past year due to acts of anti-trans violence. As part of this annual remembrance, we will share a meal, read the names of those we have lost, and hear from trans speakers. We will conclude with a postcard writing activity, where we will write messages of love, support, and affirmation to trans students on the Dearborn and Flint campuses in an act of connection and solidarity.

    • Please RSVP at bit.ly/TDOR22-UM 

November 18

  • Rochester (Oakland Univ)

    • Vigil, Oakland Center, rm128/129, 3-5pm.​

  • Ferndale

    • Detroit's Transgender Day of Remembrance​

    • We are having our TDOR event on Friday Nov. 18th at 7pm at Zion Lutheran church at 143 Albany Ferndale Mi.

November 19

  • Ferndale, 1-4pm

    •  Affirmations. Casual drop-in space with self-care and reflective activities and resources for folks on November 19th from 1-4pm 

  • Bay City​

    • TDOR Potluck & Vigil​

    • All are welcome to join the Great Lakes Bay Pride Transgender & Ally Support Group for a special potluck and vigil in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

    • Saturday, November 19, 4p - 7p
      Unity of Bay City, 3736 State Street Rd, Bay City, MI 48706

    • Please RSVP to info@greatlakesbaypride.org with the number of guests attending and if you are able to bring a dish to pass (not required). There is no cost for this event.

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November 20

  • Holland. 

    • Herrick District Library. Gender SAFE (Supporting All For Equality), Out On The Lakeshore’s(OOTL) support group for the transgender and gender diverse community, invites you to a candlelight vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). We are honoring and remembering the lives of transgender people who have been violently killed in 2022 due to anti-transgender discrimination and violence. We particularly want to lift up trans women of color as they are disproportionately the victims of this fatal violence. Facebook

  • Oakland Univ., Rochester Hills

    • Join the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center and various campus and community partners to honor transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender expansive family taken from us due to anti-trans violence this year. Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Sunday November 20th each year and serves as a time to reflect on loss, mourn, and gather new strengths for our collective futures. Join community in-person at MSU in Erickson Hall Room 103 (Erickson Kiva) or online by registering for the webinar at the link below. This event starts at 6:00pm and will conclude with a light dinner and warm refreshments provided Strange Matter Coffee Co.

    • Note: Webinars do not allow attendees to interact fully with people in zoom.

    • Register in advance for this webinar: https://msu.zoom.us/.../register/WN_otNbkctYSnaZ81Hbr0dMPw

    • Presented by The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center,  North American Indigenous Student Organization, Indigenous Latinx Student Organization, Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, TransAction, Women*s Council, Salus Center, MSU Libraries Murray & Hong Special Collections, and the Center for Gender in Global Context

  • Saginaw Twp

    • PFLAG Trangender Day of Remembrance Vigil November 20 at 2pm Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2525 Hemmeter Rd, Saginaw, MI 48603, USA​

  • Kalamazoo​

    • OutFront Kalamazoo

    • Please join us at the People's Church in Kalamazoo on 11/20/2022, from 5:00 to 7:00, to honor and pay tribute to the transgender and gende-nonconforming people who were taken from us by heinous and senseless acts of violence. 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.

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  • East Lansing

    • Join the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center and various campus and community partners to honor transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender expansive family taken from us due to anti-trans violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Sunday November 20th each year and serves as a time to reflect on loss, mourn, and gather new strengths for our collective futures. Join community in-person at MSU in Erickson Hall Room 103 (Erickson Kiva) or online by registering for the webinar at the link below. This event starts at 6:00pm and will conclude with a light dinner.
      Register in advance for this webinar:
      https://msu.zoom.us/.../register/WN_otNbkctYSnaZ81Hbr0dMPw

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  • Grand Rapids

    • GR Trans Foundation​

    • Trans Day of Remembrance is an annual vigil to remember and honor those Trans siblings we lost this past year to transphobic violence. This year, the event will be on Sunday, November 20, 5:00pm, at The Lit (61 Sheldon Blvd SE). The event will include speakers, reading of names, a remembrance altar, light refreshments, and time to socialize with others afterwards.

  • Zoom

    • Stand with Trans

    • Sunday, November 20⋅4:00 – 5:00pm

    • Transgender Day of Remembrance

    • We hope that you'll join us on Sunday, November 20 from 4-5 pm ET to honor our trans siblings whose lives were taken due to violence in the past 12 months. In addition to speaking their names and sharing their stories, we will hold space for anyone who wishes to speak about the importance of Transgender Day of Remembrance. We're creating a virtual memorial book and will invite you to contribute if you choose. Sign up for this free virtual event in order to receive the Zoom link.

    • https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTcxMjA1

  • Highland Park

    • Ruth Ellis Center, 35 Victor St, Highland Park, MI​

    • 11 am to 3 pm

    • Trans Day of Remembrance TransLivesMatter Join us as we honor the memory of trans lives past, present, and future. This will be a community event centering activities of healing and to inform policy by completing the US Trans Survey. There will be shared relections, readying of names, resources, youth art, prizes, music and food.