updated 11-14-2017

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 MasonDunn@MassTPC.org

Berkshires Boston – Cape Cod – Chelmsford Greenfield – Lexington – Malden – Needham – Northborough Worcester



November 20, 2017 7-8:30pm

The Pittsfield Human Rights Commission presents ‘Trans In The Berkshires: A Conversation with members of our Trans Community’. Panelists will discuss the challenges faced by the trans community, the support groups and networks they have created, and the horrifying rise in hate-crimes against the trans community. Free – everyone welcome

For more information please contact Drew Herzig – drewherzig@yahoo.com or click here for a flier. 


Boston’s annual Trans Day of Remembrance will be hosted on November 19th, 2017 at 6pm at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111). Click here for more information. 

Cape Cod

Cape Cod will be honoring the Trans Day of Remembrance on November 17th, 2017, at 5:30pm, hosted at the Harwich Community Center. Click here for more information.


Saturday, November 18 6-9pm
Chelmsford, MA

Location: First Parish UU Church of Chelmsford, 2 Westford St (on the Chelmsford Common)

Procession on Common begins 6pm including a brief observance

Vigil begins indoors in the Chapel (next to parking lot) approximately 6:30pm


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5-7pm

Location: All Souls Unitarian Church, 399 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301


November 19, 3:00-3:30pm, Emery Park (Depot Square), Lexington
Please join the Lexington Pride Coalition in honoring lives lost to anti-transgender violence in 2017. Event runs rain or shine.


November 20, 2017 7-7:45PM

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
First Parish Malden Unitarian Universalist Church
2 Elm St
Malden, MA 02148



Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7pm

Candlelight Remembrance and Panel Celebrating the Living.

Location: First Parish Church, 23 Dedham Avenue in Needham.

Sponsored by Congregational Church Of Needham UCC, First Parish UU, First Baptist Church, Progressive Needham, Needham Diversity Inititative and others. Offering to benefit Umbrella, OUT MetroWest’s program for trans and gender non-conforming youth
for more information: revmitulski@gmail.com


Saturday, November 18, 2017 6pm

Location: Trinity Church of Northborough 23 Main Street, Northborough MA 01532

Trinity Church of Northborough will show a brief movie and hold a memorial litany, followed by dinner with speaker Taj Smith. The intent is to educate us about the plight of transgender people, and to learn how communities of faith can better include them.
Taj M. Smith graduated from Harvard Divinity School (HDS) with a Master of Divinity in 2016. He is a member of the United Church of Christ where he is invested in conversations that will expand hospitality to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Prior to attending HDS, he had another life as a singer/songwriter and a professional street performer. He sees no limit to the imagination and seeks out creative ways to advocate for justice, usually through artistic expression. He is an avid sci-fi lover and a longtime musician. He also really likes hats.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations to benefit Trinity Church’s outreach to the LGBTQ community are welcome.
RSVP appreciated but not required by the link below or Trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com or by phone (508) 393-8156.


Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7pm

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester 90 Holden Street, Worcester

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/146148489338505/


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.