13th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

| November 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Sunday November 20th is the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.  The first TDoR started with the murder of Rita Hester on November 28th, 1998, which prompted the creation of the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a candlelight vigil in San Francisco in 1999.  Since then, TDoR has become a day for remembering and mourning all victims of anti-transgender violence.  Last year, TDoR events were held in over 185 cities and more than 20 countries around the world.

Transgender Day of Remembrance honors not just those who self-identified as transgender, but anyone who was murdered because of a bias against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.  For over a decade, more than one person a month has been murdered because of their actual or perceived gender identity or expression. And these are just the folks we’re aware of – it’s likely that many more are killed, but that their deaths are never recorded.  TDoR serves to bring attention to these transphobic hate crimes and to raise public awareness of these heinous acts which are often ignored by the media. 

“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.”  -Rememberingourdead.org

This year there are several TDoR related events in taking place in Oregon:


Tuesday, November 22

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance, 12PM – 1PM, Central Oregon Community College Multiculutral Center (2600 NW College Way )



The ASOSU Queer Affairs Task Force presents Trans Awareness Week: a week dedicated to building knowledge and awareness about people in the trans community, and the issues that they are affected by.  Contact queer.affairs@oregonstate.edu with questions.

Monday, November 14

  •  Trans 101, 5:00pm – 6:30PM, MU La Raza

Tuesday, November 15

  • SHS Lunch and Learn About Trans Health, 12:00PM – 1:00PM, MU JLPC
  • True Colors: Expression of Gender Through Tie Dye, 3:00PM – 5:00PM, Pride Center

 Wednesday, November 16

  • Trans Awareness Restroom Scavenger Hunt, 12:00PM – 2:00PM, NAL
  • Team Liberation: How to Be an Ally, 3:00PM – 4:00PM, MU La Raza
  • Transgender Remembrance Vigil, 7:00PM – 8:00PM, MU Lounge

 Thursday, November 17

  • Unwrapping the Mystery: The Mental Health Dilemma of Diagnosing Gender Identity Disorder (GID), 3:30PM – 5:00PM, Pride Center
  • Being Trans in the Workplace: Dr. Brenda McComb, 6:00PM – 7:00PM, MU 206

 Friday, November 18

  • Legalize Trans: Discrimination and Legal Barriers In and Out of the Workplace, 1:30PM – 3:00PM, MU American Indian Room



Contact eugenetdor2011@gmail.com with questions or to get involved.

Monday, November 14

  • Film showing of “Play in the Gray”, 6:30PM, Wesley Center,

Wednesday, November 16

  • Panel discussion, 6:00PM, the Lane Community College (LCC) Downtown Center

 Friday, November 18

  • Coffee hour social time for Transgender and Gender Non Conforming folks and allies, 7:00PM, the Eugene Coffee Company.

Sunday, November 20

  • Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil, 5:00PM – 7:00PM, City of Eugene Atrium Building (99 W.10th street, on the corner of W.10th and Olive.)



Saturday, November 19

  • Trans/Love Anthology Reading + Open Mic, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Parkway North: 1st floor of Smith Memorial Student Union

 Sunday, November 20

  • Mass of Healing and Keynote Address by Reverend David Weekely,  1:00PM – 4:0PM, The Old Church (1422 SW 11th)
  • Click here for a full schedule of events organized by Portland State University’s Queer Resource Center (some workshops require pre-registration). Programming for the day includes:

10:00 am – 11:00 am, Multicultural Center: T – Community Tea – Prepping for TDoR
11:00 am – 12:30 pm: (Re)Writing our Trans Narrative Workshop
11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Consent/Sex Positivity Workshop
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Division and Unity in Trans Communities presentation and discussion
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Trans Healthcare: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Access
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Snacks, Community Tabling
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Keynote Address by Emi Koyama: Erasure of Transgender Youth in the Sex Trade
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Reading of the Names and Speak-out
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Voluntary Procession to Pioneer Square
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Public Candlelight Vigil


If you know of an event that isn’t on this list but should be, email tash@basicrights.org and let us know.

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