Today is the 15th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
TDOR was originally held to honor Rita Hester, whose unsolved murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. The purpose of TDOR is to raise public awareness of hate crimes and violence based on bias against trans* and other gender non-normative people and to honor their lives that might otherwise be forgotten.
This year, to recognize TDOR, The Women’s Center and Student Life’s The Mosaic Center have created a video of the names and pictures of people to remember those we’ve lost. You can view the memorial video today at the Women’s Center and at the Korenman Event outside of UC Ballroom.
In Baltimore, TDOR will be recognized tonight from 6:00 till 8:00pm at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore – 12 W. Franklin St: Corner of Charles and Franklin Streets. Organized by First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Interweave, and the Transgender Response Team, this memorial event includes an Interfaith Memorial Service, the Reading of the Names, and a Candle lighting Ceremony.
There will also be a Transgender Day of Community on Saturday at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Enoch Pratt Parish Hall. Please see the facebook event page for the schedule and vendor list.