Remembrance Event 2019

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


We are grateful to those who made this inaugural event a success! Thanks to Long's Pharmacy for being a sponsor and ensuring our ability to continue helping the community! To DJ Kelly Kel  for providing great sounds for us to move to! Mr. Trell Martin and full effects photography for capturing this moment! F2T productions for providing great food! Candace Thompson of Canvases with Candace for providing this wonderful art piece and our guest gifts. The Landing Event center for being open to inclusion and diversity! Tina Torres with She Did That! LLC for helping with the planning! And all of the volunteers that made the onsite details a success! We'll do it again next year!

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