Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), held annually on November 20th, is a day in which groups across the world gather to remember those that have been brutally murdered due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. During this time, we also recognize the disproportionate impact of this violence on trans women of color.
People of faith and conscience can honor this day by attending local Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils and bearing witness, offering their sanctuary to transgender community groups seeking a space to hold a vigil, recognizing Transgender Day of Remembrance during a worship service (either with a moment of silence or by crafting the entire service around this theme), and more.
- Toolkit for faith communities planning a Transgender Day of Remembrance service from Transfaith and the Trans People of Color Coalition
- “Tips for Hosting a Successful Day of Remembrance Event” from the Remembering Our Dead web project
- List of Transgender Day of Remembrance events
- List of trans* people who have been reported murdered, compiled by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project
- Sample opening remarks
- Sample prayers:
- “Transgender Day of Remembrance in Four Voices“ by Rev. Jude Geiger
- “WE PRAY: Prayers To and For the Transgender Community,” compiled by Andy Coate for thoughts ON
- Suggested hymns:
- “Comfort Me” (#1002 in Singing the Journey)
- “Go Lifted Up” (#1057 in Singing the Journey)
- Suggested readings:
- Reading #429 (from Singing the Living Tradition)
- Reading #453 (from Singing the Living Tradition)
- “Three Simple Ways to Make Religious Communities More Welcoming to Transgender People” by the TRUUsT Steering Committee
- “What if Living Authentically Could Cost You Your Life?” by Rev. Paul Langston-Daley
- “Is There Justice For All?” by Allison Woolbert
- “Transgender Identity and Welcome” resources from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Office of LGBTQ Ministries
- Statement from Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales
If you have any questions or need assistance with hosting an event in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* – “Trans*” is an all-inclusive, umbrella term that refers to all of the non-normative identities within the gender identity spectrum. Check out this article to learn more.