Bil Browning

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed By Bil Browning | November 19, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Transgender & Intersex

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize and honor 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.


Over the last decade, studies show that more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice. Unfortunately, this trend shows no sign of abating, as we have seen recently with the murder of Duanna Johnson and other unspeakable acts around the country.

The Indianapolis transgender community- with family, friends and allies- will gather at the Central Christian Church Fellowship Hall to remember and honor transgender victims of violence on Saturday, November 22. Please join us as we gather together to remember and honor all those whom have died as a result of anti-transgender bigotry, hatred, and violence.

From Claire Dana, The 2008 Indianapolis Transgender Day of Remembrance:

Saturday, November 22nd, 3 pm to 5 pm

The Fellowship Hall
Central Christian Church
701 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

...The world-wide community of transgendered people, their friends and loved ones are preparing for the ninth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. ...We now honor more than 350 people whose lives were cut short by other people's fear and prejudice.

Here in Indianapolis we'll observe this event as part vigil, part affirmation, and part inspiration to heal ourselves and our community. We'll mourn those lost to senseless fear, and celebrate the positive lives and positive change that we can make happen.

The event is sponsored by INTRAA, the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Association.

I hope to see you at this extremely important event, either here in Indianapolis or at the observance in your area.

Visit to find Day of Remembrance location in your area.

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FYI, the banner is from last year; this is the 10th year of TDOR.