The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the unsolved murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since 1998, TDOR has become an international movement, as trans/gender-variant community members and allies gather on November 20 to remember those that have been killed due to transphobia.
For a list of documented cases of anti-transgender murders in the past year (as well as historical data on anti-transgender murders), please visit the Remembering Our Dead website.
There will be several TDOR events throughout the Chicago area. Here is a working list, but please feel free to comment and add your own!
Monday, 11/14 – 11/29 UIC Transgender Awareness Week
UIC is also holding a Trans* Awareness Week next week, starting 11/14. They are having a series of workshops including name changes, sex positive demos, and a social.
Click here for a list of the events.
Wednesday, 11/16 DePaul University
Trans* Awareness Vigil, 7:30-8:30
St Vincent’s Circle – DePaul University Quad
Fullerton & Seminary
Link to their Facebook invite.
The DePaul LGBTQA community is hosting a vigil for trans awareness, specifically to promote awareness of transphobic violence. We will gather together to support to all transgender individuals who have had to suffer at the hands of hate. You do not have to be a student to stand with us in solidarity. This will take place in the St. Vincent’s Circle, located between the Richardson Library and Schmidt Academic Center. The Circle is easily accessible through either building, or from the Quad, located on Fullerton and Seminary.
Thursday, 11/17 Soy Quien Soy Trans* Empowerment Collective
SQS will be holding a special TDOR meeting on 11/17. Allies are welcome!
Thursday, 11/17 Cruel & Unusual Screening at University of Chicago
See our blog post all about this important event!
Sunday, 11/20 Center on Halsted
6:30pm: Reception and Resource Fair
7:00pm: Memorial Service and “Night of Fallen Stars”
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
We will host a community reception and resource fair featuring groups from across Chicagoland that provide support and assistance to the diverse Trans community including Chicago Gender Society, The Civil Rights Agenda, Bisexual Queer Alliance of Chicago, Howard Brown Health Center and Center on Halsted.
Following the reception, we will hold a memorial service in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre honoring those we have lost and committing ourselves to building a better and safer community for all trans people.
Finally, the Broadway Youth Center will present “Night of Fallen Stars,” a celebratory event honoring the community.
Monday, 11/21 UIC TDOR Reading of Names and Call to Action
Student Center East lobby area, near the Bookstore and Bowling Alley; 750 S. Halsted
Co-sponsored by UIC Pride