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)