Transgender Remembrance Day 2015

By agency reporter
November 20, 2015

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), has been celebrated worldwide every year since 1998.

On that day, 20 November, we remember 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 28 November 1998, to honour Rita Hester, whose murder on that day inspired  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.

TDoR comes the day after Vicky Thompson, a transgender woman, was found dead in a male prison after her request to be placed in a woman's prison was denied.

* Trans Day of Remembrance UK http://www.slago.org.uk/tdor/

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