International Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20th
The Eleventh International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) will be held this Friday, November 20th. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an occassion in the LGBT community set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 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.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
Ethan St. Pierre whose aunt, Deborah Forte, was brutally murdered in 1995 because of gender identity expression, manages the TDOR database.
The exact statistics are not known, but the TDOR database that St. Pierre updates indicates there have been 120 trans murders since last year’s commemorations. St. Pierre added there is approximately one trans murder a month in the United States.
More than 300 domestic trans murders have been recorded since 1970 with 11 recorded so far this year.
California leads in total trans homicides at 57, followed by 36 in New York. Texas and Florida follow with 20 anti-trans murders in each state.
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