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stop-killingIn 2016, at least 249 trans and gender non-conforming people were murdered as of 11/20/2016. Many murders aren’t reported or are misreported due to fears of retaliation and lack of action by authorities, so the real number is likely higher. The overwhelming percentage of the murders are of trans women of color. In the US, almost 90% of the murders were of trans women of color. That’s ridiculous.

 

 

Those stats sound overwhelming and they are, but there are things you can do to help. Here’s a short list.

  • Speak out. Trans and gnc people face tremendous amounts of discrimination and harassment every day. Many times, no one gets involved when they see something happening. Don’t be that person. If you see something happening, speak out and do what you can to help. Anything from hearing an acquaintance use a slur casually to seeing a trans/gnc person being threatened. If you see it, do something about it.
  • Donate to trans serving organizations. There are many great organizations doing the work to both stop the violence and help trans people who are still here, and all of these orgs need funds to operate. There are large organizations like Transgender Law Center and tiny ones like TAJA’s Coalition, so you should be able to find an org that you like to help. In the past, much of this money has come from grants and individual donors, but after the US election, it’s feared that a lot of this money will go away. Please consider helping out monetarily.
  • Volunteer. In addition to money, most of the orgs doing the work need people power to help make things happen. Whether it’s something like volunteering with TGIJP to respond to letters from incarcerated trans people to helping Trans March make the event happen to getting involved in one of Trans Employment Program‘s many events, there are lots of tasks both big and small you can assist with.
  • Attend events. Aside from TDOR, there are many events you can attend that happen annually. Trans Day of Visibility happens every March 31, Trans March happens the Friday before Pride in June, and Fresh Meat Festival happens the week before that. All these are in SF, but there are many that happen around the world and there are many more in SF that we haven’t listed.
  • Be visible. A lot of trans and gnc people are very scared about what the results of the US election are going to mean for us, so it’s a really scary time. If you’re relatively safe doing so, be visible. The more we normalize trans people, the less scary and unknown we’ll be and the less we’ll be hated and feared. Visibility is very powerful. And, allies, this means you, too. Wear shirts and buttons and things proclaiming your love and support for trans people. You can get a I <3 trans people shirt here until December 2.
  • What did we miss? This is not an exhaustive list, so what did we miss? Tell us your ideas as well and we’ll update this post (but maybe not today since we’re all busy making TDOR happen, but certainly after).

2015 Press Release

2015 Press Release

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) 2015
SF LGBT Center – 1800 Market Street, SF, CA
6pm to 8:30pm

Please join us at the SF LGBT Community Center for the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Friday, November 20th, 2015. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a genuine tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This day serves a purpose to raise awareness of the threat of abuse and violence faced by the transgender community, as well as their families and friends.

What is TDoR?

The number of reported cases of trans-phobic based hate crimes has more than doubled since 1999 when the first TDoR was held in San Francisco on a cold and rainy night. TDoR occurs globally on the 20th of November. This day also acts to bring visibility and momentum to a call to action to end the hatred and ignorance that the transgender community faces daily.

History

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on the 20th of November, and quickly evolved from a local gathering started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2013, TDoR was observed in over 200 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

Providing: ASL. Spanish translation, Light beverages and snacks; the SF LGBT Center is wheelchair accessible

For further information, and to volunteer or make a donation in support of the SF TDoR, please visit: http://www.tdorsf.org/ .

Press contacts: Clair FARLEY
TDoR Planning Committee Chair: Eden WILL
media@tdorsf.org

2014 Press Release

2014 Press Release

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
San Francisco Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Please join us at the SF LGBT Community Center on the of 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Thursday, November 20th, 2014. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a genuine tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This day serves a purpose to raise awareness of the threat of abuse and violence faced by the transgender community, as well as their families and friends.

What is TDoR?

The number of reported cases of trans-phobic based hate crimes has more than doubled since 1999 when the first TDoR was held in San Francisco on a cold and rainy night. TDoR occurs globally on the 20th of November. This day also acts to bring visibility and momentum to a call to action to end the hatred and ignorance that the transgender community faces daily.

History

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on the 20th of November, and quickly evolved from a local gathering started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2013, TDoR was observed in over 200 cities throughout more than 20 countries. The SF TDoR will include local community advocates like Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Jewlyes Gutierrez. The SF TDoR will also include performances by trans youth, an altar created by El/LA Para TransLatinas, a special Hawaiian chant by local trans legend Kumu Tatianna Kaneholani, a ceremonial release of balloons accompanied by opera sung by the angelic Breanna Sinclaire. The TDoR will be hosted by the SF LGBT Community Center and emceed by local trans youth Alex Bergeron and Rexy Amaral.

For further information and to make a donation in support of the SF TDoR please visit: www.tdorsf.org

Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 8:00PM
Location: San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 865-5555

Providing: ASL. Spanish translation, Light beverages and snacks

Press contacts: Danielle Castro &Eden Will
TDoR Steering Committee Co-Chairs
media@tdorsf.org

2014 Planning Meeting Schedule

2014 Planning Meeting Schedule

This year’s TDOR will be on Thursday, November 20, and will be held, just like last year, at the SF LGBT Center.

The Planning Committee will be meeting every other Monday, starting September 22, until November, when we will go to a weekly schedule until the event.

Each meeting will be from 6pm to 7:30pm, followed by a half hour Finance Committee Meeting.

All community members and allies who want to help will be welcome. Please write to eden (@tdorsf.org) if you have any comments or questions.