The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in early 1999.
As is too often the case in the reporting of anti-transgender violence, many of these victims are misgendered in local police statements and media reports, which can delay our awareness of deadly incidents. Tracking and honoring these victims of transphobic fear has largely fallen into the hands of advocates. 29 deaths of Transgender people were tracked by advocates in 2017, the most ever recorded. This year, we have already tracked 25 murders.
We hold this event to honor these people who society often wants to erase, ignore and make invisible.