TDOR (Transgender Day of Remembrance) is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998, launched the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco vigil the following year.
November 20 is national Transgender Day of Remembrance, an opportunity for communities to come together and mark the passing of transgender and gender-variant individuals – or those perceived to be transgender – who have been murdered because of hate.
The event provides a forum for transgender communities and allies to raise awareness of the threat of violence faced by gender variant people and the persistence of prejudice felt by the transgender community. Communities organize events and activities including town hall style "teach-ins," photography and poetry exhibits and candlelit vigils. These activities make anti-transgender violence visible to stakeholders like police, the media and elected officials.