Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on the 20th November, which honours the memory of transgender (Trans) people who have lost their lives through acts of anti-transgender violence and hate.
Around the world, 350 transgender people have been killed so far this year (2020). The annual list, released for Transgender Day of Remembrance, found the average age of those killed was 31, with the youngest just 15. We need to remember that these are only the reported deaths, this death total is likely to be the tip of the iceberg.
TDOR was started in 1999 by Trans advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the Trans people who have been killed through violence and hate across the world. This began an important tradition, now known as the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
There have been huge steps forward towards the awareness and respect of transgender people in recent years, however, many transgender people still face transphobia on a regular basis whether it is from biological family to strangers on the streets.
We continue working towards a culture where everyone feels safe and respected at the University. Together, we do not condone transphobic violence and we challenge discrimination of all kinds.
This year, the University will again raise our transgender flag outside the entrance to Kedleston Road in remembrance of every Trans life lost and respect for every day lived as your true self.
If you have a moment, we would love for you to listen to 'We Are Transgender | A Poem By Gray Crosbie'