The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on Nov. 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
Though Hester was not the first transgender person to be a victim of transphobia and violence, her death became the catalyst for the launch of TDOR in San Francisco on the one-year anniversary of her death.
During the week of Nov. 12 through 19, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.
There are a variety of activities and events in Michigan to memorialize those who have been murdered because of hate, to support the transgender community and to help raise awareness about the continued violence facing transgender people.
Monday, Nov. 19
Grand Valley State University
Kirkhof Center, Room 2263
1 Campus Dr, Allendale
Hosted by the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center. Keynote speaker, Qwo-Li Driskill, a non-citizen Cherokee Two-Spirit writer, performer, and activist also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent.
6 to 8 p.m.
Wayne State University
Student Center Ballroom AB, 2nd floor
5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit
Hosted by the LGBT Student Advisory Board. Special appearances by Rachel Crandall-Crocker, founder and executive director of Transgender Michigan and founder of the Transgender Day of Visibility; and Laci Marie, singer and songwriter, proud community member and advocate.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room C
312 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester
Hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center. Open to all students, staff, and faculty, no registration required.
4 to 4:45 p.m.
University of Michigan-Flint
Michigan Rooms, A & B
213 University Center, Kearsley St., Flint
Hosted by UM-Flint Women’s Educational Center and LGBTQ Center
5:30 to 7 p.m.
University of Michigan
Michigan League, Michigan Room
911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
Hosted by the Spectrum Center featuring a performance by the OutLoud Chorus.
6 to 8:30 p.m.
205 N. Main St., Clawson
Hosted by GenderSpark
Please RSVP to http://gaybe.am/qJ.
6:30 to 8 p.m.
408 S. Washington Square, Lansing
Hosted by Michigan State University’s LGBT Resource Center, the Sexual Assault Program, Salus Center, MSU’s TransAction and the Transgender Stress and Resilience Research Team.
7 to 8 p.m.
Holland Area Arts Council
150 East 8th St., Holland
Hosted by UCC, Hope Church, Out On The Lakeshore and Gender SAFE (Supporting All For Equality). Pastor Bryan Berghoef of Holland UCC will officiate this event.
7 to 9 p.m.
Goei Center, Kindel Room
818 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids
Hosted by the Grand Rapids Pride Foundation and the Grand Rapids Pride Center.