Remembrance Event

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

         "The 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


Join us November 23, 2019 as we remember those who lost their lives in 2019. Our annual fundraiser will be held at The Landing Event Center- 1832 Airport Blvd, Cayce, SC 29033.  Tickets on sale now.  If you are interested in being a sponsor please fill out the contact form or make a direct donation.

© 2019 by Transgender Awareness Alliance

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