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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance, occurs annually on November 20, a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender nonconforming people.

People of faith and conscience can honor this day by attending local Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils, and bearing witness. Also by recognizing the Transgender Day of Remembrance during a worship service (either with a moment of silence or by crafting the entire service around this theme), and by offering their sanctuary to transgender community groups who need a space to hold a vigil.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

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