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What the Transgender Day of Remembrance means to me

Around the world, trans people and their allies will honor the hundreds of lives lost to violence and hatred in the past year.

MCC of Hartford

If anyone needs a sign that the murders of transgender people here in the U.S. and around the world have reached epidemic stage, you don’t need declarations from the Human Rights Campaign or the American Medical Association.

You’ll feel it, tonight, at candlelight vigils all around the world, from the heat of the flames being lit in memory of those murdered because of their gender identity. I’ll attend one, as well transgender athletes, allies and fans.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, or TDoR as it’s often called, is a solemn day, created two decades ago by journalist Gwen Smith. This year, we mourn 23 Americans, 21 of whom were murdered in 2019, and hundreds more around the world.

Whether you are transgender, an ally, or just a human being, I ask that you join us who are in mourning today in reviewing these names of trans and gender non-conforming people killed since October 2018.