- November 16, 2015
On Friday, November 20, LGBT and allied people will gather to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is an annual event that gives communities an opportunity to come together and remember transgender people, gender-expansive individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate.
At least 21 transgender people were murdered in the United States this year, a majority of who were transgender women of color. But it's not only the U.S. The transgender community faces high numbers of violence around the globe.
Several transgender women have been killed in Argentina in the past few months, including transgender activist Diana Sacayán. It’s been reported that transgender people have been murdered in El Salvador and most recently, a transgender man in Japan was brutally murdered.
Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project reported that at least 1,700 transgender and gender-expansive people were killed in the last seven years. Brazil and Mexico have the highest number of reported murders of transgender and gender-expansive people.
Despite these tragedies, HRC’s Equality Rising report also details progress being made by the transgender and intersex advocates to end discrimination, harassment and violence.
Most recently, HRC Global joined Gender Proud and the Association of Transgender People of the Philippines (ATP) in the Philippines with transgender model and activist Geena Rocero. While in the Philippines, HRC worked on the ground to empower local transgender activists to tell their own authentic stories and become advocates for non-discrimination laws.
Through our partnership with international advocates, HRC Global hopes to raise awareness and acceptance of the transgender community abroad and lend support to local leaders and advocates making change at the national and local levels.
For more information about Transgender Day of Remembrance and to find an event in your area, visit hrc.org/TDOR.
For more information about HRC’s efforts toward transgender equality, go to hrc.org/transgender.
Also check out HRC’s Transgender Visibility Guide here.