Today (20th November) marks Transgender Day of Remembrance – an opportunity for us to pause in memory of those murdered or who’ve taken their own life as a result of transphobia. It’s also a time for us to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. It is important that these lives are remembered and celebrated.
How did the day come about?
It started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed the year before. This began an important tradition that has since become the annual day.
‘Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible – it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.’
- Gwendolyn Ann Smith, transgender activist
How can I get involved?
Attend a Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil here at the SU to honour all those victims. The LGBTQ+ Community, our Trans and Non-Binary Officers and Bury Your Gays are hosting a vigil in remembrance. Click here for more info.