“Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

How can I get involved in the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending and/or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those transgender people whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year, and learning about the violence affecting the transgender community. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship, and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those lost that year. 

Please see resources below on how to write stories about transgender people who have been victimized by crime, and additional resources for writing about the violence that affects transgender people, especially transgender women of color.

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, GLAAD remembers the transgender people whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence this year and over the years

Information for media:

GLAAD’s Resource Kit for Journalists Covering TDOR

GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide

GLAAD’s Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime

GLAAD’s More Than a Number – Shifting the Media Narrative on Transgender Homicides

Mic’s Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives

Organizations and resources:

Anti-Violence Project

International Transgender Day of Remembrance 

National Center for Transgender Equality

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Trans Women of Color Collective

Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring Project

Transgender Law Center

TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project

Reports on violence and discrimination:

Human Rights Campaign’s Violence Against the Transgender Community

National Center for Transgender Equality’s Discrimination Survey

More information:

Learn more about transgender people on GLAAD’s resource page

Learn about Transgender Awareness Week


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