TDoR began in 1999 to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998, and to subsequently remember all trans people who’ve been lost to violence.
Each year on November 20th, we remember and honour the lives of two-spirit, trans and gender-diverse people killed around the world because of hatred and oppression, as reported in the past 12 months.
It is an important day for allies to step forward and support the community on Trans Day of Remembrance and memorialize those who have died by anti-transgender violence.
We recognize that this is a day of grief and mourning for members of the transgender community, and have compiled some resources for support:
- (Windsor-Essex) Trans Wellness Ontario
- (Toronto) 519: FTM, Transmasc & Non-binary Support Group (and more 519 programs here, including Anti-Violence Initiatives)
- (Ottawa) Gender Mosaic Social Support Group
- (Guelph) Gender Intersect Social Support Group (facebook group here)
- Support for Transgender Youth in Ontario
- More Events and Resources listed here
Here are a things you can do as an ally:
- Take part in a memorial ceremony or a vigil
- Find resources and share on social media
- Hold a moment of silence in the workplace
- Visit TDoR.translivesmatter to see those who have been killed in the past year
- Support trans media
- Educate colleagues, family and friends about transphobia
- Learn about historic members of the Trans Community who have lost their lives like Marsha P Johnston.
2023 Vigils & Events
- OPS Trans Support Network, Trans Day of Remembrance Event - November 20, noon - 1 pm (Virtual) Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/LeXA1y5CRL. Note: this event will only be open to OPSers.
- University of Toronto: Trans Awareness Week Events (Nov 13-17)
* Contemplative Movement: spacializing grief and play event - November 17, 1 PM, Virtual
- TMU TDoR Event - November 20, Noon - 12:45 PM at DMZ Sandbox, Student Learning Centre, 3rd floor (341 Yonge Street)
- Niagara Transgender Action Coalition Event - November 20, 6- 8 pm at Silver Spire Church in St. Catharine
Resources for Cis-Gender Members for Self-Reflection & Self-Education:
- GLAAD - Info on TDoR
- List of this year's victims
- Transgender Day of Remembrance Tips
- Transgender 101
- Booklet -Trans day of remembrance & Trans Day of Resilience - created by trans and non-binary people for cis people
- Trans Day of Remembrance: A History | QueerEvents.ca
- Bill 74, Trans Day of Remembrance Act, 2017 - Legislative Assembly of Ontario (ola.org)
* In 2017, the Provincial Government of Ontario passed a private member's bill that marks November 20th as the official Trans Day of Remembrance and requires the legislature to hold a minute of silence.
Interested in joining the LGBTQ+ Caucus? Eligible members of AMAPCEO can join the LGBTQ+ Caucus here: https://amapceo.on.ca/joinequitycaucus)