The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), has been celebrated worldwide every year since 1998.
On that day, 20th November, we memorialise the people who have been killed that year, by murder or by suicide as a result of their perceived transgendered identity.
Those people may have been transsexual, intersex, cross dressers or others, or they may have been mistaken for someone else. But their lives were ended because they did not conform to the gender roles that other people expected of them.
The TDoR began on November 28th, 1998, to honour Rita Hester, whose murder on that day kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.
Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.