- November 24, 2015
Every year, people around the country gather on November 20 to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a vigil to remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate.
This year HRC Arkansas supported our partner organization, Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC), and other community members in hosting the first ever Transgender March of Resilience (TMOR) in Arkansas. TMOR honored victims, as well as survivors. The goal of TMOR was to create awareness about TDOR, the increase of anti-transgender violence and to celebrate the transgender community’s resilience.
Dozens of ArTEC and HRC members marched from the Arkansas Capitol to a vigil at the Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock. They carried signs bearing the names of the victims who lost their lives to violence in 2015. During the vigil, community members read their names and were invited to place flowers on a wreath for others lost to anti-transgender violence.
“The march was the trans community’s way of showing that we are here,” Tiommi Luckett, co- director of ArTEC, said. “Trans people of all ages and all stages of transition made a bold statement by mobilizing and bringing visibility to a marginalized community. We were all standing together in solidarity for trans liberation.”
This month, HRC Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition released a comprehensive report on the epidemic of violence against transgender people – particularly transgender women of color.
To learn more about Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit www.hrc.org/tdor. For more about HRC’s work in Arkansas, visit www.hrc.org/Arkansas.
TDOR began in honor of Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998, launched the ‘Remembering Our Dead’ web project and a San Francisco vigil the following year.
For more information about HRC’s efforts toward transgender equality, go to hrc.org/transgender.
Also check out HRC’s Transgender Visibility Guide here.