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.

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 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 information to

2019 Events


Saturday, November 16th, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
2 Westford Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824


Sunday, November 17th, 2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111

Click here for the Facebook event page

Cape Cod

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 5:30pm
Barnstable Adult Community Center
825 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Hyannis, MA 02601


Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 7:00pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
23 Dedham Ave, Needham, MA 02492

The Boston organizing committee is currently seeking sponsorship:
Sponsorships allow us to host the event, print materials, pay performers, buy candles, and so much more. Any surplus funds from the event will go to two transgender-specific organizations in Massachusetts: the Transgender Emergency Fund (TEF) and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)’s Transgender Program. TEF was created to provide critical assistance to low-income transgender people. Through the fund’s intervention, transgender people have been able to avoid homelessness, maintain access to healthcare, and live with greater dignity and stability. BHCHP’s Transgender Program provides primary and urgent care to transgender people who are homeless or marginally housed. Funds from TDOR help pay for things such as food for a weekly transgender support group, costs to enable patients to attend transgender-specific conferences and cultural events, and annual community health fair expenses.

Sponsors will be listed on our website and in the TDOR event program. Sponsorships are tax-deductible with the assistance of the Transgender Emergency Fund. Please consider sponsoring us so we can keep this important event and tradition alive. You can make an online donation here:


MTPC is the fiscal agent for TDOR 2019. MTPC does not benefit from any donations or sponsorships made to TDOR, TEF or BHCHP.

Levels of sponsorship:

  • $25 provides a BHCHP patient with the fee to change their ID at the RMV

  • $50 provides food for attendees at a weekly BHCHP support group that, for many, provides their only sense of family

  • $100 provides gift bag supplies for 5 attendees at the BHCHP health fair

  • $250 helps 5 TEF clients personal hygiene products, hormone co-pays and a weekly bus pass

  • $500 helps 4 TEF clients with utility assistance (Heat, Electricity)

  • $750 helps a TEF client stay current with their rent during financial hardships

  • $1,000 helps a TEF client move into an apartment from the streets after finding adequate employment.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please mail it to:

PO Box 960784
Boston, MA 02196
Please write TDOR 2019 in the memo line.

Money isn’t the only donation we need! We would also greatly appreciate any in-kind donations such as candles, food and drink for our post-event potluck, and potluck supplies such as paper cups, plates, cutlery, and napkins.

2019 sponsors:

Past events on the following pages.

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