CW: Anti-Trans Violence, Homicide mention
Yesterday, November 20th, marked Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which honors the memory of those whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender prejudice. Recognized annually on November 20th, TDOR was initially started in 1999 as a vigil to honor the life of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed a year prior. While many strides have been made in recent years in regards to trans visibility and awareness, transgender people still face violence at disproportionate levels.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, there were at least 23 deaths of transgender people in the United States that were due to violence, which at that point was the highest number ever recorded. In 2017, there have been at least 25 transgender people killed by violent means. These numbers are likely much lower than the actual rate of violence, as police can sometimes release incorrect names or genders of victims.
The experiences of violence are often intersectional, most of the victims counted were non-white transgender individuals, where race, class, and gender identity create an increased risk of experiencing violence. Below I have included some additional sources for further reading, and a link to tdor.info, where they have a printable list of victims from the past year, that is often read at vigils honoring TDOR.
GLAAD: Transgender Day of Remembrance – https://www.glaad.org/tdor
Human Rights Campaign: Violence Against the Transgender Community in 2017 – https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-transgender-community-in-2017
The New York Times: Violence Against Transgender People Is on the Rise, Advocates Say – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/us/transgender-women-killed.html
International Transgender Day of Remembrance – https://tdor.info/