The year 2017 is already the deadliest year on record for transgender people with at least 25 trans homicides reported so far.
Transgender Day of Remembrance began in 1999 thanks to as a way to honor Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered inside her Boston apartment in 1998.
A 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.
Observed every November 20, the day is meant to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Click here for a list of those trans people we’ve lost to violence this year.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued this statement in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance:
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence.
Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and arbitrary arrests in many parts of the world. Often these attacks are perpetrated by government officials, undermining the rule of law.
Transgender persons should not be subjected to violence or discrimination, and the human rights they share with all persons should be respected.
On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons. These principles are inherent in our own Constitution and drive the diplomacy of the United States.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time to reflect on those we have lost & recommit to ending the epidemic of anti-trans violence. #TDOR https://t.co/laAyFRKiXk pic.twitter.com/NPm19vSWi8
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) November 20, 2017
Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the memories of those who were killed by acts of anti-trans violence #TDOR pic.twitter.com/45NFoVflSi
— ACLU (@ACLU) November 20, 2017
On #TDOR we remember and honor transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence. pic.twitter.com/PlIMlhz5Ii
— GLAAD (@glaad) November 20, 2017