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The International Transgender Day of Remembrance

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started on November 20th, 1999 in response to the murder of Rita Hester.  It now serves as a day to remember all of those individuals who have lost their lives due to hatred and fear.

“Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.” – Transgender Day of Remembrance website.

The United Church of Canada has a resource page devoted to this day that can be found here.

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1958)

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