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International Transgender
Day of Remembrance

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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 of 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, 2023

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November 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Affirmations in Ferndale the Gender Identity Network Alliance will be holding its annual Candlelight Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Every year we read off all the names of victims, this year 392 names are going to be read.

Our speakers tonight is Julissa Julisa Blanco Abad and also Michelle Elizabeth from. Music is provided by Barbara Payton . Come tonight to honor these individuals.


Sunday, Nov 19, 1pm.

Transgender Day of Awareness is a day when we remember those whose lives were taken in an act of anti-transgender violence around the world. A reception and support session will take place immediately after. This event will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Saginaw Township, 2525 Hemmeter Rd.


November 19, 2023

Please join OutFront Kalamazoo on November 19th, 2023 at the Jolliffee Theatre for Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) as we watch the Netflix documentary "Disclosure" and honor each of the trans lives lost this year to transphobia. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a welcome, followed by the movie, and the reading of names. A catered reception will follow the event.

The Jolliffe Theatre is located inside the Epic Center at 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 205, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Tickets can be purchased here:

Gender SAFE (Supporting All For Equality), Out On The Lakeshore’s support group for the transgender and gender diverse community, invites you to a candlelight vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). We will be honoring the lives of transgender people who have been killed in 2023 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.


Candle Light Vigil for Trans Day of Remembrance

Monday, November 20⋅7:00 – 10:00pm

23101 Hall Rd, Woodhaven, MI 48183

The Transgender day of Remembrance is a day to memorialize those who have lost their lives to transphobic violence.


Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil

Monday, November 20⋅6:00 – 9:00pm

Great Lakes Bay Pride's Transgender Peer Support Group invites you to join us for a community potluck and candlelight vigil in memory of our Transgender & Non-binary family lost to violence. All are welcome to attend! Please feel free to bring a dish to pass if you're able to. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Program Manager Kt at

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Join the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, The Salus Center, MSU TransAction, Timetzalimet, Women*s Council, MSU Libraries Murray & Hong Special Collections, and the Center for Gender in Global Context and various campus and community partners to honor transgender, gender nonconforming, and all people family taken from us due to anti-trans violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Monday, 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's campus in the Life Sciences Building Room A-133; 1355 Bogue East Lansing, MI 48824

or online by registering for the webinar at the link below. Doors open to this event at 6:00pm and the program will begin at 6:30pm. We will conclude with a light dinner.

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

Register in advance for this webinar:

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Trans Day of Remembrance Banquet, Nov 20

Spectrum Center will be hosting a Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Banquet, an annual memorial observance honoring the transgender people whose lives were lost this past year due to acts of anti-trans violence. We will gather in the Pendleton Ballroom at 6pm and join with our other UM campus partners and students as we share a meal, read the names of those we have lost, and hear words and thoughts from trans speakers. The event will conclude with a quilt-making activity, where we will draw images and write messages of love, support, and affirmation to our trans family in an act of connection and solidarity. This event will center the transgender and non-binary community, but is open to all those associated with the UM community.


Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil

Monday, November 20⋅6:00 – 8:00pm

333 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

On Trans Day of Remembrance, we come together to honor, mourn, and remember our Trans siblings lost to transphobic violence over the past year. This event will be co-hosted by Grand Rapids Pride Center, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, and GVSU’s Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, and will feature a vigil, a reading of names of those we have lost this past year, a remembrance altar, as well as a short program featuring guest speakers and a musician from the local Trans community. Emotional and mental health resources (and space) will be available. There will be space for socializing and connecting with other attendees following the program. We will also be collecting donations for the Trans Sistas of Color Project Detroit.


Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil

Monday, November 20⋅12:15 – 12:45pm

120 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor for a half-hour gathering to remember and honor those in the trans and gender-nonconforming community who have been killed in the past year. We will learn a bit about the history of Trans Day of Remembrance, pray a prayer of confession, name aloud those who have died this year, and end with a benediction of hope.

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