updated 01-29-2014

Trans 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.

The 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.

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Thursday Nov 14

Lowell TDOR 2013 Flyer
Lowell Transgender Day of Remembrance
6:30pm, Lowell City Hall
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Friday Nov 15

Saturday Nov 16

Chelmsford TDOR Candelight Vigil
7-9 pm, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
2 Westford Street, Chelmsford
For more information: 978-256-5133

Sunday Nov 17


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Interested in joining the planning group?  Email tdor@masstpc.org

Monday Nov 18

The Meeting Point is hosting a TDOR Event from 7pm-9pm at their space on 3464 Washington St in Jamaica Plain. They are a planning to have spoken word performers, art, and refreshments. More details to come.  www.themeetingpoint.org/

Tuesday Nov 19

The City of Worcester will be observing Transgender Day of Remembrance with a Mayoral Proclamation at 7pm at the Worcester City Council Meeting. The public is invited to attend. City Council meetings are in the Esther Howland Chamber, 3rd flr of City Hall, 455 Main Street Worcester.

Friday Nov 22

TDOR service at 7 pm at Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester.

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.

One year later, 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.


Massachusetts Trans Victims

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Trans Murder Monitoring Project