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 2017 Events

Location: Monument Square (vigil), Equality Community Center (Reception)
Time: NOVEMBER 19TH 4pm
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Hosted By: MaineTransNet, Southern Maine Worker's Center, Southern Maine SURJ

All Other TDOR's are on November 20th

Location: Kennedy Park
Event Page:
Hosted By: MaineTransNet, Outright L/A, Pride L/A

Location: TBD

Time: TBD
Event Page: TBD
Hosted By: Waterville PFLAG

Eastport Hall 128 Texas Ave Bangor, ME 04401 United States (UMA Bangor Campus)
Time: 6-8pm, includes vigil and Potluck Dinner
Event Page:
Hosted By: UMA Bangor, MaineTransNet, Health Equity Alliance

Waterfall Arts
Time: TBD
Event Page:
Hosted By: Belfast has Pride, MaineTransNet

 2nd Congregational Church in Newcastle
Time: TBD
Event Page:
Hosted By: MaineTransNet, 2nd Congo UCC