Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is internationally recognized on November 20th every year. This day was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

According to data collected by Transrespct Versus Transphobia Worldwide at least 350 transgender people were killed in 2020, a 6 per cent increase over 2019.

In Canada, research on violence against women has been started, however often times transgender women are not included as ‘women’. This often leads to a underreporting of sexual assault, homocide, and domestic violence. For transgender men, it is even less due to the misgendering or lack of data.

We use today as a solemn reminder that our brothers and sisters are still being exposed to senseless violence and transphobia. Please take time today to honour those who have died and research on how you can help the transgender community. It can be through awareness, reaching out to loved ones who are transgender, or donating to community programs like Quest Community Health in Saint Catharines which offers transgender health programs.

Quest Community Health Centre- Rainbow Niagara Services   https://questchc.ca/participate-at-quest/rainbowniagara/

GLAAD-TODR      https://www.glaad.org/tdor

If you are looking for more information or would like to talk to someone about all things Pride, please feel free to reach out to a member of Unifor Local 199’s LGBTQ+ Committee – Ash Kofsky ashleykofsky@hotmail.com , Lindsay Gilliss lgilliss2@gmail.com , or Employment Equity Rep Jessica McCourt jessica.mccourt@gm.com 905-641-6559