Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), held annually on November 20th, is a day in which groups across the world gather to remember those that have been brutally murdered due to anti-trans violence. During this time, we also recognize the disproportionate impact of this violence on trans women of color.
People of faith and conscience can honor this day by attending local Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils and bearing witness, offering their sanctuary to transgender community groups seeking a space to hold a vigil, recognizing Transgender Day of Remembrance during a worship service (either with a moment of silence or by crafting the entire service around this theme), and more. You may also appreciate these beautiful resources of prayers and art on resilience created by 10 trans, gender nonconforming and non-binary artists of color that share visions of a world beyond fear and violence.
- Toolkit for faith communities planning a Transgender Day of Remembrance service from Transfaith and the Trans People of Color Coalition
- “Tips for Hosting a Successful Day of Remembrance Event” from the Remembering Our Dead web project
- A short history of Trans Day of Remembrance from Monica Roberts
- List of trans* people who have been reported murdered, compiled by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project
- Sample opening remarks
- Sample prayers:
- “Transgender Day of Remembrance in Four Voices“ by Rev. Jude Geiger
- “WE PRAY: Prayers To and For the Transgender Community,” compiled by Andy Coate
- Suggested hymns:
- “Comfort Me” (#1002 in Singing the Journey)
- “Go Lifted Up” (#1057 in Singing the Journey)
- Suggested readings:
- Reading #429 (from Singing the Living Tradition)
- Reading #453 (from Singing the Living Tradition)
- 30 Days of Trans Resilience by Get EQUAL
- “What if Living Authentically Could Cost You Your Life?” by Rev. Paul Langston-Daley
If you have any questions or need assistance with hosting an event in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* – “Trans*” is an all-inclusive, umbrella term that refers to all of the non-normative identities within the gender identity spectrum. Check out this article to learn more.