The Vancouver Transgender Day of Remembrance (Society)

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Memorializing 2017


What is TDOR?

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.

[Photo from San Francisco DOR 2001]We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

Note: This page was taken from http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/what.html

The Vancouver Transgender Day of Remembrance will also be memorializing those who have died due to suicide and untimely deaths due to lack of healthcare access, workplace rights and basic social justice.

*NOTE*  We strongly recognize that many trans people that we have lost due to these circumstances were sex workers (survival & otherwise), in poverty and were people of color. (indigenous & otherwise)

For more information – email:  vantdor at gmail dot com


2 thoughts on “ABOUT VAN TDOR

  1. Hello,

    My name is Shayne Forster and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator with OutLookTV, Canada’s source for LGBTQ news, arts and culture. We are a 100% volunteer-powered crew with our headquarters residing here in Vancouver. We air two 30 minute shows per month via Shaw locally, outTV across Canada, and Gay Direct internationally.

    I’m emailing you as OutLookTV would like to cover a story on TDOR next week. We’d be focusing on what TDOR is, why it’s important to recognize it annually, and how it’s evolved over time.

    If this interests you, please let me know and we can work out details around time and place, ideas as to whom we should interview, and anything else you’d Loke considered.

    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you,

    Shayne Forster
    Volunteer Coordinator

    1. hi Shayne, thank you for connecting with us. our event does not include media in its itinerary, however we dont discourage media from doing a decent and healthy piece with our community. you are welcome to show up near the end of the event and ask people questions outside and are welcome to interview the main organizer, Tami Starlight (tamistarlight@gmail dot com).

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