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Trans* Day of Remembrance 2013

Candle in the centre of the transgender symbolby Jarrah Hodge

This post uses an asterisk after the prefix trans- as a way to include all non-cisgender gender identities.

The annual Trans* Day of Remembrance is coming up on November 20th and will be observed with vigils and other events around the world.

As we take time to mourn those trans* people who lost their lives, we must also consider, as Tash said in her post last year, that “many of these victims experienced multiple forms of oppression including class, race, and gender. Many of these victims were women of colour.”

The Transgender Day of Remembrance Website has a list (trigger warning) of those who need to be remembered from the past year, and as usual it’s heartbreaking to read.

Here is the list of TDoR events in Canada, taken from the main TDoR website. If there are any I’ve missed, please post in the comments below.

Calgary, Alberta

Sunday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.
The Old Y Centre for Community Organizations, 223 12 Avenue SW

Clarenville, Newfoundland

Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 a.m.
Clarenville Town Hall

Gander, Newfoundland

Tuesday, November 19, 12 noon
Gander Town Hall

Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland

Saturday, November 16, 9:30 p.m.
Grand Falls-Windsor Town Hall

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington Street

Kingston, Ontario

Wednesday, November 20
10:00 a.m. flag-raising and proclamation read by the Mayor of Kingston
7:00 p.m. candle-light vigil
Kingston City Hall, 216 Ontario St

London, Ontario

Tuesday, November 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The County Building, 399 Ridout Street


Wednesday, November 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
UNIFOR (CAW) Local 27 Hall, 608 First Street

Regina, Saskatchewan

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
University of Regina in The Pit (Ad Hum Building), 3737 Wascana Parkway

Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 p.m.
Candlelight vigil and memorail at Centennial Park, Ganges

Springdale, Newfoundland

Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 p.m.
Springdale Town Hall

St. John, New Brunswick

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
King’s Square

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Panel at the University Centre, The Landing, Room 3018

Vancouver, B.C. (and area)

Monday, November 18, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Dialogue at SFU, MBC Room 2290
Facebook event page


Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.
UBC at the AMS Art Gallery in the Student Union Building
Facebook event page

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Trans* Day of Remembrance 2012

by Tash Wolfe

This blog entry uses an asterisk after the prefix trans- as a way to include all non-cisgender gender identities.

November 20th is the Trans* Day of Remembrance, a day that was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as trans*, each was a victim of violence based on bias against trans* people.

As a trans* identified person who works in social services, I am often asked to speak, write, or facilitate about trans* identities and the ways that trans* people can experience oppression. November is a time when many people ask if I am going to organize or attend a vigil on the 20th. Often, I am asked questions about my personal narrative and how I feel about my personal safety and the increased risk that I must experience not being cisgender.

I often choose to attend Trans* Day of Remembrance events, but not because of my own gender identity. I recognize that I hold many privileges; privileges that were not granted to many of the people whose names are read each year at vigils around the world. Many of these victims experienced multiple forms of oppression including class, race, and gender. Many of these victims were women of colour.

I am white and working class. My wife and I are both university students. Although, I am a survivor of poverty, homelessness, addiction, and survival sexual exploitation, I have many privileges that allow me to now live without fear of having my name read out at the annual vigils. Read more

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2011 Trans Day of Remembrance

This Sunday, November 20, marks the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. On this day, events such as vigils are held around the world to remember and mourn those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence.

As usual, the list of dead is long and heartbreaking. Here are just a few of the individuals we remember this year (trigger warning for transphobic violence):

Idania Roberta Sevilla Raudales

Idania was 58 years old. She was one of six trans women to be killed in Honduras in a period of 2 months in late 2010. She had owned a beauty salon in Comayaguela.

Shelley Hilliard

The youngest person on the list at age 19, Detroit  woman Shelley Hilliard was found dismembered and burned in late 2010. Queerty notes her death is one of several in which trans people have been attacked through burning. Shelley’s nickname was Treasure. She was a model and hair dresser.

Jessica Rollon

The most recent murder on the list is that of Jessica Rollon, a 32 year old woman from Italy who was strangled to death last month and dumped by the side of the road. Disgustingly, after her death, local press insisted on using her name and feminine pronouns in quotations marks.

Here are the events I was able to find information for across Canada. If you have an event that isn’t listed here, please post it in the comments below. For events in other countries, visit the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website.


Sunday, November 20 – 5:30-8:30 pm
March begins at The Carnegie Community Center.
401 Main St. (corner of Main & Hastings)
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 West Hastings St – Segal Room – back of the main floor of the building. Room # 1400/1410


Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 1:30 – 4:30 pm
The Old Y – 223 12 Avenue SW


Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 7-9 pm
McDougall United Church, 10086-101 Street

Guelph, Ontario:

Monday, November 21st – 7:30pm
Out On The Shelf, 141 Woolwich St, Unit 106
Presented by the paTio trans support group


Hosted by the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project
Sunday 20th – 7.00-9.00pm. Doors 6:30 PM
At Veith House ( 3115 Veith St., Halifax Nova Scotia )


Sunday November 20 – 2pm – 4 pm
1206-6 Ave S (Lethbridge HIV Connection)
Along with an opportunity to remember lives lost due to transhobia and violence,
there will be a round table discussion on issues of safety and violence for trans people.

London, Ontario:

Sunday, November 20 – 1pm – 3pm
CAW Local 27 Hall, 606 1st Street

Nelson, BC:

Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 5-6 pm
at the corner of Ward and Baker streets.

Sackville, New Brunswick:

Saturday, November 19, 2011 – 7:00 pm
at the Mount Allison University Chapel
15 Salem Street


Monday, November 21, 2011
University Pride Centre


Friday, November 18th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
At the 519 Church Street Community Centre (at 519 Church St.)


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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Tomorrow is the Transgender Day of Remembrance – a chance to raise awareness about violence against transgender people and to mourn victims of hate crimes against transgender people. We observe the day in November to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was murdered in Allston,  Maine in November 1998.

It’s more than tragic to note the number of new victims each year. Likely the youngest this past year was Roy Antonio Jones III of New York, who was less than two years old when his mother’s boyfriend beat and choked him to try to make him “act like a little boy instead of a girl.” While Jones is too young to say if he was trans, his murder stemmed from transphobic attitudes.

It’s also deeply troubling that we continue to have to fight for dignity for victims, like Dana A. Larkin, who was shot three times in the head and who, despite identifying as a woman since she was 16, was maligned in the media as a “man posed as a female” and a “cross-dressing prostitute”.

If you’re in Vancouver, the gathering for the Day of Remembrance will start November 20 at 5:30 at the Carnegie Centre, 401 Main Street. The gathering will be followed by a march to SFU Harbour Centre. You can find more event details here.

Here’s the info for the vigil tomorrow night at 7 PM in Toronto.

For a more comprehensive list of events internationally, check out and feel free to add events in your community in the comments section.

If you can’t make it out to a vigil take a minute and visit the online Remembering Our Dead project, which came out of Rita Hester’s murder to help us remember the lives that have been lost to transphobic violence.


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