Monday, November 20th will mark the 19th annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), where, friends, loved ones and allies gather to remember all those who have died because of hate and violence directed at trans and other gender non-conforming people. The day will offer opportunities to mourn and reflect upon the lives lost in the previous year, as well as to celebrate and honor the people who have been lost, and the lives they lived.
In November 1998, the murders of trans women Channelle Pickett and Rita Hester in Boston inspired a local candlelight vigil and the creation of the international TDoR, now observed in dozens of countries and hundreds of cities providing opportunities to share grief and anger, appreciate the lives and gifts of those lost, and commit to work towards trans-inclusive social justice. For more info, visit Tdor.info.
The seventh annual Montgomery County TDoR event will be held 4 to 6 pm at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building (101 Monroe Street, Rockville). The event will include speakers and music, a candlelight vigil, and a reception with food and resources. ASL interpretation upon request. More info at Bit.ly/2ziPfCG and Mocopridecenter.org/tdor.html.
The third annual Transgender March of Resilience (TMoR), is a nationally organized day of protest led by trans people of color to promote justice and equality for all trans people in the face of daily discrimination and violence. The TMoR seeks to raise awareness of the anti-trans violence faced daily by gender variant people, and to foster solidarity. The march will begin at 5:30 pm at the Ynot Lot (4 West North Avenue, Baltimore). The march will be followed by a community dinner with musical performances, poetry, and free food. The event is sponsored by the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. For event updates and info, visit Bit.ly/2h9I9Wg.
The Hood College Queer Student Union and the Frederick Center will host a TDoR program at Marx Center at Hood College (401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick) on Monday, November 20th from 7 to 9 pm. They invite the community and campus to join to commemorate TDoR with speakers and light refreshments.
Details of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil and Memorial in Baltimore are forthcoming. The event traditionally includes an interfaith service, vigil, and reading of the names of those lost around the world in the past year, and names of Marylanders lost over the past quarter century. The event is sponsored by the Transgender Response Team. For more info go to Tdorbaltimore.weebly.com or contact Jean-Michel Brevelle, event coordinator, at email@example.com.