Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20, 2022

For generations, transgender people have suffered various forms of abuse (and even death) for challenging the views, notions, and stereotypes around “male” and “female” identity. Every year we set aside November 20 as a Transgender Day of Remembrance. This holiday is meant to honor, commemorate, and memorialize those who face discrimination and stigma (often on a daily basis) across the nation. This holiday is also meant to advocate for transgender people’s rights as well as focus on the persistent struggles they face in their everyday lives, and how others can share their love, support, and hope.

Transgender Day of Remembrance timeline

1975
Minneapolis led the way

Minneapolis became the first U.S. city to pass a law prohibiting the discrimination of transgender people.

1999
Transgender Day was founded

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in order to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman.

2010
Transgender Day was globally recognized

The day was observed in more than 185 cities across more than 20 countries.

2014
And the Emmy goes to...

Laverne Cox, who starred in 'Orange Is the New Black,' is the first openly trans person to earn an Emmy Award nomination.

How to Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance

  1. Attend candlelight vigils, food drives, and film screenings

    A vigil enables you and your peers to honor those who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. You can also start up a food drive to raise money and awareness for the transgender community.

  2. March on

    One of the best ways to raise money and show support is to participate in a marathon or walk-a-thon that contributes to the transgender cause.

  3. Support transgender rights groups

    They include The Audre Lorde Project, Casa Ruby, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement and more. Research groups in your area that support the LGBTQ+ community, and encourage others to donate as well.

Why Transgender Day of Remembrance is Important

  1. It's a time for reflection

    The day encourages us to stop and reflect on the transgender community — specifically the abuse many of them face as they attempt to lead their everyday lives. It's also meant to help spark transgender advocacy, support, and change across the U.S.

  2. It encourages empathy

    This day offers the opportunity for others to better understand the stigma, discrimination and barriers that many transgender people face. This understanding can lead to deeper empathy, and can remind us that we are all more alike than we are different.

  3. It offers hope

    Transgender Day of Remembrance invites communities to come together and unify against the powers of hate and fear.

Transgender Day of Remembrance dates

Year Date Day
2022 November 20 Sunday
2023 November 20 Monday
2024 November 20 Wednesday
2025 November 20 Thursday
2026 November 20 Friday