"This third annual citywide event is a memorial to remember all the transgender victims who were killed during the year due to violence. It is intended to bring public awareness to hate crimes against transgender individuals as well as the struggles, creativity, resiliency and beauty of the transgender community.
#TDOR further provides a space for publicly mourning and honors the lives of all transgender victims who might otherwise be forgotten. Worldwide 50 (25 in the US) transgender people who have been brutally murdered in 2017 will be remembered, mourned, and honored. In truth, this only represents the reported victims and therefore might only be a fraction of the real figures with Latin American having the highest reported murder rate around the world.
The Day of Remembrance began in 1999 as a way to draw attention to the issue of anti-transgender violence. The event was initially created to mark the one year anniversary of the death of a Massachusetts transgender woman, Rita Hester, whose death remains unsolved.
The event is planned by Dr. Geena Buono and will be one of many around the world to commemorate this day. TDOR takes place in more than 200 cities in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania on November 20th. "