Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Sadly, 2021 has already seen at least 46 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. As in previous years, the majority of these people were Black and Latinx transgender women.
These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners or strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified. Some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into unemployment, poverty, homelessness and/or survival sex work.
While the details of these cases differ, it is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color — particularly Black transgender women — and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and unchecked access to guns conspire to deprive them of employment, housing, healthcare and other necessities.
These victims, like all of us, are loving partners, parents, family members, friends and community members. They worked, went to school and attended houses of worship. They were real people — people who did not deserve to have their lives taken from them.
We mourn those we have lost in 2021:
Transgender people come from all walks of life, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has estimated that there are more than 2 million Transgender (Trans) people across the United States. Trans people are parents, siblings, and kids. They are your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. They are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all faith traditions.
The word “transgender” – or trans – is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from the sex assigned to us at birth. Although the word “transgender” and our modern definition of it only came into use in the late 20th century, people who would fit under this definition have existed in every culture throughout recorded history.
Alongside the increased visibility of trans celebrities, three out of every ten adults in the U.S. personally knows someone who is trans.
~ Information and photos courteous of the Human Right Campaign.