updated 11-20-2016

Transgender Day of Remembrance

No one should be subjected to violence simply because of their gender identity or expression. No one should be denied the basic rights that enable their safety and security.  No one should consider taking their own life to escape harassment and bullying.  Please join with us on this day to remember our departed friends, loved ones, and community members.

tdorThe annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) memorializes individuals who have died throughout the world in the previous year because of anti-transgender hatred. Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. A tradition inspired by the Allston, MA vigil for Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered in 1998, this day has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege.

To have your TDOR event listed here, please email all info to TAM@MassTPC.org

Boston – Worcester – Lowell


Boston’s annual Trans Day of Remembrance will be hosted on November 20th, 2016 at 6pm at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111). Click here for more information. 


Worcester’s annual Trans Day of Remembrance will be hosted on November 20th, 2016, at 2:30pm. The event will take place at the Worcester Public Library in the Saxe Room. For more information, click here.


Lowell will hold their annual Trans Day of Remembrance on November 17, 2016. The event will begin with a gathering at 5:30pm in front of the Lowell Community Health Center, at 161 Jackson Street. From there, the group will walk to City Hall, for a vigil that will begin at 6:10pm. At City Hall, volunteers will read the names of those around the world known to have been killed during the past year as a result of anti-transgender violence. After the reading of the names, there will be a walk back to the Lowell Community Health Center at 7:00pm, where a reception will include speakers, light refreshments, and a chance for people to debrief from the vigil. For more information, click here. 

Event History:

In late 1998, Boston’s LGBT community recoiled in horror at the discovery of the RITA HESTERlatest victim of transphobic violence. Rita Hester, a trans woman and popular figure in the local rock ‘n’ roll scene, was found stabbed to death in her Brighton apartment. A local community of queer activists, rockers, family, friends, and allies — over 250 individuals — held a speak-out and candlelight vigil in Rita’s honor, forming a human stream of light winding its way through Rita’s old Allston stomping grounds. In November 1999, a memorial vigil was held in San Francisco; the following year Boston and several other cities joined in, and this year hundreds of observances will be held in dozens of countries.

More on Rita Hester: Rita’s Story (TransGriot) – Remembering Rita Hester (Edge Boston/Ethan Jacobs)

More on the Allston vigil and media coverage: Rita Hester’s Murder and the Language of Respect (Sojourner/Nancy Nangeroni)

Boston’s transgender community remembers local victims Chanelle Pickett, Debra Forte, Monique Thomas, Georgette Hart, Denise Pugliesi, Monique Rogers, Lisa Daniels, Rita Hester, and too many more, mostly uncounted and unnoticed by all but their friends and family.