Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDoR
TDoR is held on November 20th every year.
What does "Transgender” mean?
- People with gender identities, expressions, or experiences different from the sex they were given at birth are referred to as "transgender." This broad phrase may be used to describe a wide range of people.
- The term “transgender” is frequently abbreviated to just “trans.”
- Some transgender people don't see themselves as either men or women. Instead, they see themselves as a mix of male and female traits. When describing their gender identity, these individuals may use non-binary, gender non-conforming, or gender expansive phrases.
- The use of these phrases and the feeling of identity that members of the transgender community have can vary quite a bit, just as is the case with any language that strives to express the human experience in a condensed form.
- It is critical to employ language that is courteous to transgender persons and to treat them in the same manner as you would any other person. This involves using the person’s preferred name to refer to them and the pronouns they would want you to use when referring to them.
Not only is it important to use the right names and pronouns, but everyone should also be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?
On November 20th, in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, communities will have the chance to gather together to honor transgender persons, gender-variant individuals, and those thought to be transgender who have been murdered as a result of hatred.
Since its inception, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (ITDoR), has been observed annually (on November 20) as a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia. The goal of this day is to bring attention to the fact that transgender people are still being hurt.
Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, started the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999 to remember Rita Hester, another transgender woman who had died. Since its start as a web-based project by Smith, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has slowly grown into an international day of action.
Over 185 cities spread over more than 20 nations were able to document the phenomenon of TDoR in 2010. We think that by having these days of action every year, we can raise more awareness, encourage more education, and bring more attention to the issue of violence against transgender people so that it stops.
Monica F. Helms is a transgender activist and author from the United States of America. She is also a veteran of the United States Navy. She is the person who came up with the idea for the Transgender Pride Flag.
The flag proudly displays the community’s transgender identity. The blue color stands for males, the pink color for women, and the white color is for those who are gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or who do not identify with any gender.