Each year, Equality Virginia and other LGBT organizations throughout the Commonwealth observe Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This international event each November memorializes those lives lost due to violence against transgender people.  We honor and lift up those who we have lost, while striving to empower those who are still with us.

We hope you can make it to an event.  Read below to learn how communities around Virginia are remembering. If you know of a TDOR event that is not listed, please email the details to [email protected] and we will be sure to add it.

Charlottesville

TDOR and Film Screening 
Friday, November 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00PM
The Women’s Initiative – First Floor Conference Room
1101 East High St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Please join the CVille Trans Peer Group at Charlottesville’s Women’s Initiative for a reading of names of those lost too soon due to anti-transgender violence, followed by a film screening focusing on celebrating and honoring the unique experiences of transgender people. This is an event intended to raise awareness of the struggles trans people face, while celebrating trans existence and trans pride.  We will be showing the films Passing and Tamara WThe event will be held in the downstairs conference room of the Women’s Initiative. All are welcome to attend.


Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads’ Transgender Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
New Life Metropolitan Community Church of Hampton Roads
1000 Sunset Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23503

BUILDING BRIDGES WITHIN AND BEYOND THE HAMPTON ROADS’ TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY.

Please join us for an annual celebration of transgender lives that have been lost too soon. Through speakers, art, music, and community– we will join together to celebrate and remember our friends and family, as well as learn how to be better advocates and allies for trans people, especially trans people of color who face violence and discrimination at disproportionate rates. Please join us as we stand in solidarity and hope. The event will begin promptly at 7:00pm at New Life Metropolitan Community Church of Hampton Roads, VA (1000 Sunset Drive, Norfolk, VA).

Name Unknown: A Transgender Day of Remembrance
Sunday, November 18, 4:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula (UUFP)
415 Young Mills Lane
Newport News, VA

​We remember and honor transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence, but nearly twenty percent of those killed are listed as “name unknown”.  We will read the names of all who have been killed, pausing for those with names unknown. In recognition that every life has value and that our contributions matter regardless of credit given, all hymns and readings will be by anonymous authors.

This early evening service marks the twentieth annual, internationally observed witness of and resistance to violence based on bias against transgender people.  We’ll begin in the Sanctuary for some music, a brief reflection and the reading of names before lighting candles at sunset and processing outside for a time of silent vigil.


Loudoun County

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
Monday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Purcellville Library
220 E Main St.
Purcellville, VA 20132

Join Equality Loudoun in a few moments of quiet reflection and the reading of the names of Trans folks lost this year. Equality Loudoun is hosting our 2nd annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil. We will be meeting at the Robey Meeting Room in the Purcellville Library. Our short program will be led by Rev. Alice King. Rev. Alice King serves as the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun located on Gleedsville Road in Leesburg, VA.

“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.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith


Lynchburg

Transgender Day of Remembrance Health & Wellness Rally
Saturday, November 17, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Lynchburg Diversity Center
901 Jefferson St., Suite 201
Lynchburg, VA 24504

Please join us for Lynchburg’s First Transgender Health and Wellness Conference. We will be honoring the lives of the 26 Transgender individuals who have been murdered. Keynote speaker, Rally in the Circle, Lunch, followed by the health conference in partnership with the Community Access Network, the Free Clinic and More.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Film Screening
Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Riverviews Artspace
901 Jefferson St.
Lynchburg, VA 24504

Film screening and discussion of the documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson”. “Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered”


Northern Virginia

10th Annual Northern Virginia Interfaith Transgender Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF)
2709 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124

Please join us for the 10th annual Northern Virginia Interfaith service of Transgender Day of Remembrance sponsored by the TransGender Education Association (TGEA), the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia (MCC NoVA), the Unitarian Universialist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), and the People of Faith for Equality in Virginia – NoVA Network.

Nationally, this is the 18th annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred. The 1998 murder of Rita Hester, a Boston transgender woman, sparked the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved


Richmond

TDOR RVA Remembrance 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Okame Cherry Tree on VCU’s Campus
224 E Broad St
Richmond, Virginia 23219

On March 31, 2017, Trans Day of Visibility, an Okame cherry tree was planted and dedicated to honor transgender lives lost to violence in the last year. This years Transgender Day of Remembrance program will be held at the tree site. A reception will follow. More info will be posted as details are developed.

Many law enforcement agencies are working to improve relationships with the historically marginalized community. We hope the symbolism of the tree being planted on VCU property and the participation of law enforcement is not lost on the community.

Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience
Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Diversity Richmond
1407 Sherwood Ave.
Richmond, VA 23220

Transgender Day of Remembrance, also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

Join Nationz FoundationVirginia Anti-Violence Project and Diversity Richmond as we present Trangender Day of Remembrance and Resilience 2018.

We will recognize the lives or those transgender individuals who have lost their lives due to acts of hate and transphobia, but also celebrate the strength and resiliency of our community. Music, Poetry, Food Fellowship and Community Conversation.

We hope to see you there!


Roanoke

Transgender Day of Remembrance Gathering
Friday, November 16, 2018, 7:00 PM
Roanoke Diversity Center in the basement of the Metropolitan Community Church
806 Jamison Ave. SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

Join the Ladies and Gents of the Blue Ridge Transgender Alliance for a commemoration at our regularly scheduled support group meeting on Friday Nov. 16.  We will be lighting candles in remembrance.


Tri-Cities Region/Prince George County

Transgender Day of Remembrance – Paris is Burning Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
James House Office
6610 Commons Drive, Suite C
Prince George, VA

James House is proud to present our first ever event to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. Please join us at our business office, 6610 Commons Drive, Suite C, Prince George, on November 20, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (check-in begins at 5:30pm). We will be screening the 1991 film “Paris is Burning,” followed by a round table discussion about resilience, remembrance, and what it means to be a transgender person. Call Edva at (804) 458-2704 x229 or email [email protected] to RSVP (requested but not required) or if you have any questions.

The event will be held in an upstairs room and walking one flight of stairs is required. James House provides support, advocacy, and education for people in the Greater Tri-Cities Region affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking to empower them to become healthy, safe, and self-sufficient. All services are trauma-informed, cost-free, confidential, and available in both English and Spanish. 24-hour crisis line 804.458.2840, main office 804.458.2704, www.thejameshouse.org, [email protected]


Washington, DC

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, November 20, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC
474 Ridge St NW,
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Please join us for the Washington DC observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This event takes place November 20th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, 474 Ridge St. NW.

Nationally, this is the 18th annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred. The 1998 murder of Rita Hester, a Boston transgender woman, sparked the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved.

Accessibility: ASL interpretation will be provided. The MCC Church is a wheel-chair accessible space. If you require other accomodations, please e-mail [email protected]


Williamsburg 

W&M Transgender Awareness Week
November 12-16
The College of William & Mary
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185

William & Mary Student Assembly, Student Affairs and Rainbow Coalition present: Transgender Awareness Week! Come show up to learn about transgender people, their experiences, and become *aware* of what’s going on with trans people in today’s world. We will be tabling in Sadler Hall from 10 AM – 2 PM from Nov. 12-16 if you and your friends can stop by, grab some free stickers and flags, and learn about what we’re doing for Transgender Awareness Week (TAW). Check out our Facebook link for the many events happening each day during this week.

Transgender Day of Remembrance – CANCELLED due to Inclement Weather
The College of William & Mary
Tuesday, November 13, 5:00 – 7:00 PM  
The Sunken Garden


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