LGBTQ Community Commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday, November 20

(San Francisco, CA, November 13, 2017) - A coalition of local nonprofit partners and transgender community leaders honor the start of National Trans Awareness Week today and will be commemorating the 19th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Monday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the SF LGBT Center in San Francisco.

TDoR is a solemn tribute to those transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who have lost their lives to transphobia, racism, hatred, and prejudice. The day’s purpose is to raise awareness of the threat of abuse and violence faced by the transgender community, as well as their families, friends, and allies.

Trans community members are under siege across the country and continue to be murdered in unprecedented numbers, specifically trans women of color. In 2017 alone, at least 25 transgender Americans have been murdered, making it one of the deadliest years for the community.

Among the event speakers is Raquel Willis. Willis is a Black queer transgender activist, writer and media maven dedicated to inspiring and elevating marginalized individuals, particularly transgender women of color. She is a National Organizer for Transgender Law Center, the largest organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of transgender and gender nonconforming people. She was a featured speaker at this year’s Women’s March.

The event also features Sister Roma, the most outspoken and recognizable member of the infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a blessing by Holy Old Man Bull, performances by Mikaela Kendrick, and more. El/La Para Translatinas will be building a community altar to honor those we have lost, and Transgender and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) will be hosting a breakfast to build solidarity and resiliency. 

TDoR is brought to you by a volunteer planning team and community partners including:

·     TRANS: THRIVE

·     Trans Employment Program at the SF LGBT Center

·     TAJA's Coalition

·     El/La Para Translatinas

·     AsiaSF

·     TGIJP

·     HRC San Francisco 

·     National Center for Lesbian Rights

·     SF Pride

·     The Stay Study 

·     The TransNational Study

·     The Office of Transgender Initiatives SF

·     Health eNav

·     and more!

Together, we can put an end to the violence against trans people! Donate and learn more at www.tdorsf.org.

Event is ADA accessible. ASL and Spanish translation will be provided. If you have questions, please contact us at info@tdorsf.org. To volunteer, sign up here.

About TDoR:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Today TDoR is observed in over 200 cities throughout more than 20 countries. www.tdorsf.org.

During Trans Awareness Week, communities around the globe gather to raise visibility and work to end violence against trans people. Join the movement!