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Trans Day Of Remembrance – November 20, 2022

Trans Day Of Remembrance

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Every year on November 20, this same Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) itself is commemorated to remember individuals who lost their lives as a result of discrimination or anti-transgender bigotry. Even though not all of the individuals honored on the Day of Remembrance identified as transgender, they were all victims of violence motivated by prejudice towards transgender people.

Rita Hester, one whose murder in 1998 sparked the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a candlelight vigil in San Francisco in 1999, is commemorated on November 11 with the Day of Remembrance. Like the majority of anti-transgender murder cases, Rita Hester’s death is still unsolved. Transgender Day in the Resilience was created by Breakout in 2015 to change the focus from trans death to trans survival as well as resilience.

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What does the Transgender Days of Remembrance aim to accomplish?

By publicly mourning and remembering the young lives of such transgender people who would otherwise go unremembered, the Transgender Days of Remembrance increases awareness of hate crimes committed against transgender people. In the face of widespread hostility and apathy, we demonstrate our love and respect through a vigil.

The Day of Remembrance offers transgender persons and their allies the chance to stand in vigil in memory of those who have lost their lives as a result of anti-transgender violence. In order to try to stop anti-transgender hatred and violence from growing, observing the Day of Remembrance among schools can also be utilized to inform students, teachers, as well as administrators about transgender concerns.

What philosophies underpin the Transgender Days of Remembrance?

The Memorial Day Remembrance planners came up with these as their guiding principles. You can utilize these phrases to help set the tone and message for the day.

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  • “Those doomed to repeat the past are those who cannot recall it.” (Santayana)
  • We must remember everyone who lost their lives as a result of anti-transgender violence.
  • Since their assailants, law police, and the media frequently attempt to obliterate their existence, it is up to us to memorialize them.
  • By becoming visible, speaking up, spreading awareness, and organizing against anti-transgender violence, we can change the world.
  • The value of transgender lives is acknowledged.

How do individuals respect TDOR?

  • Candlelight Marches/Vigils
  • Teach-ins, speaker bureaus, or discussion boards with local activists, legislators, or school officials
  • performances of poetry either spoken word art
  • The number of people killed is represented visually. (Like in the case of body outline chalkings or flowers)
  • Displays of Art/Photography
  • Movie showings (like “Boys Don’t Cry”
  • Trans 101 training sessions for staff or anybody else interested

Advice on how to organize a memorable Day of Remembrance

Before period

  1. Set up a plan. Your GSA should outline the project you want to work on and the schedule you want for the day.
  2. Establish a schedule. You should create a timeline once your group has decided what it wants to accomplish so that everyone is aware of the steps involved. Make sure to note who is responsible for each task and when it has to be completed.
  3. Get more people to participate. You should make an effort to inform and engage however many people as you can at the event. You may spread the word by word of mouth, posting fliers and posters, advertising mostly in the school newspapers, sending out e-mail announcements, and more.
  4. Build alliances. Think about working with other clubs from the school. Education about how violence impacts various groups, in addition to how anti-transgender aggression disproportionately harms low-income children of color, may be necessary. People should be aware of how gender-based violence impacts all groups.
  5. Make a press announcement. Inform the local media about your plans to observe the Transgender Days of Remembrance. Use quotes from GSA members to explain the activities at your school, the event’s history, and your motivation for holding the event. Include a mobile number so that a reporter can contact you about potential interviews.
  6. Get the workers, administrators, and teachers involved. Ascertain the interest of the workforce in taking part.
  7. Inform your principal. Set up a meeting alongside your principal to discuss your Day of Remembrance ideas.
  8. Get ready! Have a meeting prior to the Transgender Days of Remembrance to go over constructive strategies to deal with intimidation from outsiders. Be ready to have representatives from your organization speak on behalf of the occasion.
  9. This is a sensitive subject that could lead to a very depressing incident. Remember those who have passed away while also giving those present comfort and healing.

During period

  • Declare the occasion. Post a notice outlining the occasion and asking that all students and staff show consideration for the pupils taking part in the project in the daily bulletin.
  • Organize the volunteers. Invite individuals to assist with event setup. Make sure you have just enough people to handle setup, event supervision and cleaning.
  • Give assistance. Provide information about your GSA and other LGBTQ organizations and resources at a resource station or table that is staffed.
  • Create displays for visuals. Plan a public demonstration, such as having people wear shirts or stickers honoring anti-transgender violence victims.
  • Hold the occasion. The following should be done during the event: explain the reason for it, have speakers discuss transgender issues, read out the names of those who have been the victims of anti-transgender violence, explain the significance of the artwork you have utilized on campus (such as cardboard protrusions, chalking’s, etc.), nearer the event, and express gratitude to everyone who attended.
  • Make a secure area. Because of the magnitude of the event, you should come up with innovative solutions to establish a safe space, including a secure area where individuals may go if they wish to reflect or express their thoughts.

After Period

  • Maintain your education. Instead of just one day a year, hold a debate about how to increase awareness of transgender persons. The Days of Remembrance may be an ideal time to increase public interest in and knowledge of transgender problems. Following are some suggestions for addressing more significant concerns in the community or at school:
  • Adding to the school’s handbook the concept of “gender identity and gender expression”
  • The provision of Trans 101 instruction for academic employees
  • Promoting the use of restrooms that are gender-neutral and open to individuals of all genders
  • Your GSA is mostly on trans issues as well as how to be better supporters of trans people
  • Review the day. Discuss how the day went well and how things could be done better the following year.
  • Consider the following year when making plans. Prepare the ground for the upcoming Transgender Days of Remembrance.

The Transgender Days of Remembrance, a program of Gender Advocacy and Education provided the primary material for this resource sheet.

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