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When is Transgender Day of Remembrance 2023 and what does it mean?

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance that honours and remembers those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was established in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, in response to the brutal murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman, in Allston, Massachusetts. Since then, it has grown and is now observed in cities around the world as a day to remember the lives lost to anti-trans violence. 

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The event typically includes memorials and vigils where people come together to honour and remember those lost to anti-transgender violence. There are often readings of the victims' names and stories, which helps bring visibility to the issue. Participants also often hold moments of silence or other forms of remembrance. The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves not only as a day of mourning but also as an opportunity for reflection and action. It encourages people to be more aware of transphobia and related issues within our communities so that we can work together to create a safer world for all gender identities.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an important event that helps us remember those whose lives were taken too soon. It provides an opportunity for us to come together as a community and stand in solidarity against hate-motivated violence towards the transgender community.

What does it mean to be transgender? 

Being transgender is a term used to describe a person whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. It is a gender identity that is independent of biological sex and is may be accompanied with a strong desire to transition to the gender with which one identifies. Transgender people may identify as female, male, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, or another gender identity that is not binary.

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When is Transgender Day of Remembrance 2023? 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is celebrated annually on 20 November. 

In 2023, Transgender Day of Remembrance falls on Monday, 20 November 2023. 

How did Transgender Day of Remembrance first start off? 

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was created in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was brutally murdered in Allston, Massachusetts. 

Smith felt that Hester's death and the attempted silencing of transgender people by their assailants needed to be addressed. Since then, Transgender Day of Remembrance has become an annual vigil to remember those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence. The event is held on November 20th each year, which marks the day that Hester was killed.

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The event has grown since its inception and is now marked by vigils, memorials, and other events across the world to honor those who have been victims of anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance also serves as a platform to educate people about transgender issues and raise awareness of the discrimination faced by transgender individuals in many parts of the world. It is a day for reflection, mourning, and action in order to create a safer future for all transgender individuals.

What is the significance of Transgender Day of Remembrance? 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event that honours the memory of people whose lives were lost to transphobic violence. 

It is an important event for many reasons. It is a reminder to society that there are still far too many people who are targeted and attacked because they identify as transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, or gender diverse. The event serves as a reminder that we must work together to end transphobia and violence against transgender and gender-diverse people. Furthermore, Transgender Day of Remembrance brings attention to the issue of hate crimes against transgender people, which often go unreported or unrecognised. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is also a way for the transgender community to come together and mourn their losses and celebrate the lives of those who have been taken too soon due to transphobic violence. During this day of remembrance, people are encouraged to share stories of loved ones they have lost as well as stories of strength and resilience within the transgender community.

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a powerful reminder that we must continue our fight for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance in our society so that no one ever has to suffer the kind of hatred or violence that leads to loss of life again.

Other relevant LGBTQ+ awareness days

In addition to Transgender Day of Remembrance, there are many other LGBTQ+ awareness periods throughout the year. These days help to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and fight discrimination. 

Check out these other relevant LGBTQ+ awareness days: 

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