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22.NOV.17

Transgender Day of Remembrance

The date is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

Since its inception, this day has been held annually on November 20 and it has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, it was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries. 

Typically, a memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year, and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, and marches.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has extensively covered this day. GLAAD has interviewed numerous transgender advocates (including actress Candis Cayne), profiled an event at the New York City LGBT Community Center,[12] and discussed media coverage of the occasion. 

Photo by Ted Eytan

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