Transgender Day of Remembrance 

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an important observance for many in the transgender community. Started in 1999, TDOR was founded in response to the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester. TDOR evolved into the somber, at times angry, vigil it is today. Most TDOR Vigils involve a reading of a list of names of all the known and reported transgender people murdered in the preceding year. Prayers, speeches, and singing are also common. 

The list can go on for hundreds of names and is widely believed to be under reported. Nearly all the names are of Transgender Women of Color (TWOC). This is not surprising, given that TWOC live at the intersections of misogyny, transphobia, and racism, leaving them uniquely vulnerable to extremes of violence. In recent years, some TDOR vigils have also incorporated racial justice actions, including protests. 

TDOR 2018 Events

Location: City Hall
Time: Nov. 18 4-7pm
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Hosted By: MaineTransNet, Equality Community Center

Location: 1st Universalist Church of Auburn
Time: Nov. 18 4-7pm
Event Page:
Hosted By: MaineTransNet, Outright L/A, Pride L/A, 1st UUC of Auburn

Bangor Area Recovery Network (142 Center St Brewer)
Time: Nov. 17, 7:30-9:30
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Hosted By: UMA Bangor, MaineTransNet, Health Equity Alliance