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. 

Planning for TDOR 2017 is just getting underway now. If you are interested in helping us plan an event, or if you would like to have an event added to our public list, please contact us at


TDOR 2016 Events

Location: Monument Square (vigil), Equality Community Center (Reception)
Time: 4pm, vigil, Reception to follow vigil
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Hosted By: MaineTransNet, Portland Racial Justice Congress

Location: TBD
Time:  4pm Vigil
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Hosted By: MaineTransNet, Outright L/A, Health Equity Alliance

Castonguay Square (Next to Opera House)
Time: 3pm Vigil
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Hosted By: Central Maine Pride, MaineTransNet, Health Equity Alliance

UMA Bangor Campus, Eastport Hall, Room 124
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM, includes vigil and Potluck Dinner
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Hosted By: UMA Bangor, MaineTransNet, Health Equity Alliance

1st Church of Belfast, 8 Court St
Time: 6pm
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Hosted By: Belfast has Pride, Health Equity Alliance

Park Next to 2nd Congregational Church in Newcastle
Time: 4pm
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Hosted By: Mid Coast Queer Collective, MaineTransLobby, 2nd Congregational Church of Newcastle