295 trans people in 33 countries were murdered this past year. Hande Kader in Turkey, Diana Sacayan in Argentina, and hundreds of others. On the occasion of the 18th Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which is held on 20 November every year, we are mourning, remembering, honouring, and celebrating them.
“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.” Gwendolyn Ann Smith, TDoR founder.
TDoR was created 18 years ago, to commemorate Rita Hester, an American trans woman of color who was killed in her home in 1998. Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project has been documenting transphobic murders since January 2008 and found that 2,264 trans people have been reported to be killed to date, in 65 countries. Sex workers are alarmingly overrepresented among the victims. It is presumed that many more murders of trans people are committed each year, but stay unreported.
ARC stands in solidarity with trans communities across the world. We encourage everyone to find local TDoR events and join others in honoring and celebrating the victims. ARC staff will join the TDoR evening at the Transformations Trans Film Festival in Berlin, Germany and at the Dalhousie Student Union in Halifax, Canada.
Detailed information about the TMM project’s findings, including the names of victims, as well as infographics and tables can be downloaded at TGEU’s website here.