updated 11-23-2015

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

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.

btdor2015The 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 slain transsexual Rita Hester 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 nancy@masstpc.org.

BelmontBeverlyBoston – Cape Cod – Chelmsford – Framingham – Lowell – Springfield – Worcester

Belmont TDOR observance

Thursday November 19
Parish Hall, The First Church in Belmont, UU, 404 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478

Lowell TDOR observance

Lowell TDOR night flyer

TDOR Open Mic

Thursday November 19
3464 Washington Street
Jamaica Plain

We are so looking forward to our TDOR OPEN MIC! We are excited to celebrate, cherish and illuminate the lives of generations of trans people and to mourn and celebrate those who have died too often criminally and tragically. We cultivate the gifts they have left behind. Bring your voice, your performance your heart and solidarity to this night of connection for us all.

Beverly TDOR Memorial

Beverly TDOR flyer

Springfield TDOR observance

Friday November 20
6:15pm, At the Transcending Boundaries Conference – Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place, Monarch Pl, Springfield, MA 01144

Framingham TDOR observance

Friday November 20
6:30pm, Edwards Church UCC, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

Cape Cod TDOR Vigil

Friday November 20
5:30-7:30pm, Harwich Community Center.
Light refreshments will be served.

Chelmsford TDOR Memorial

Saturday November 21
7pm, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford, 2 Westford St, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Worcester TDOR Memorial Service

Sunday November 22
2pm, Worcester Public Library (Saxes room), 3 Salem St, Worcester

Please join us to remember and honor transgender and gender variant people we have lost to violence and suicide during the past year. We will have a non-denominational service, reading of names, speakers and performances. A light reception will follow the service.   Worcester TDOR flyer

Boston TDOR, a Celebration of Community

Please visit our potluck menu/organizing page

We will make this moving and important event happen for a few hundred dollars.  Everything else – over 95% of donations – goes to the Transgender Emergency Fund and the Transgender Clinic at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.  BTDOR Facebook page.


Please visit our potluck menu/organizing page

TDOR2015 English Flyer

Please visit our potluck menu/organizing page

Please visit our potluck menu/organizing page

Event History:

In late 1998, Boston’s LGBT community recoiled in horror at the discovery of the latest victim of transphobic violence. Rita Hester, a popular figure in the local rock ‘n roll scene, who also happened to be a transsexual, had been found brutally stabbed to death in her Brighton apartment. Like so many killings of gay and transgender persons, the victim was subjected to enough brutality to kill her many times over.A local community of queer activists, rockers, family, friends and allies — over 250 — 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 a few 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.