Each year, Equality Virginia and other LGBT organizations throughout the Commonwealth observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This international event each November memorializes those lives lost due to transphobia and violence. We remember these victims and strive to continue to bring attention to the trauma so many in the trans community face.

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 info@equalityvirginia.org and we will be sure to add it.


UVA’s Queer Student Union’s Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
Sunday, November 19; 5:30-6:30 PM
UVA Chapel

The Queer Student Union will be holding a vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance with a community gathering, hot chocolate, and a poetry performance by Venus Selenite.

Major! Screen Filming
Monday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Violet Crown Theater on Downtown Mall
Charlottesville, VA 22902

MAJOR! chronicles the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 75-year-old black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.


Transgender Day of Remembrance- Harrisonburg Court Square Vigil
Tuesday, November 20, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Court Square, Harrisonburg

The Court Square vigil will include a collaborative reading of the names and countries of origin of those we have lost, a small altar for flowers and candles, and a place to write your prayers or hopes for those we have lost, their families, and our world. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome regardless of gender orientation, language, ability, faith, or political affiliation.

We will meet in front of the Court House (south side of building) – space is wheelchair accessible and some handicap accessible parking is available on Court Square. Please dress warmly and, if you are able, bring battery-operated candles or covered candles/luminaries in case of wind. Some candles will be provided.



Equality Loudoun – Transgender Day of Remembrance
Monday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 7:30 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. They will be meeting at the Robey Meeting Room in the Purcellville Library. Their short program will be led by The Reverend Guy S. Johnson. He is an out, loud, and proud minister in the United Church of Christ. Ordained in 2017, he serves as the pastor of two historical congregations in the Frederick, MD area.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Community Potluck
Sunday, November 12, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
First Unitarian Church
818 Court Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504

The Lynchburg Diversity Center and the Lynchburg Trans Alliance hosts a community potluck in honor of trans lives were taken by violence in 2017.

Hampton Roads

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017
Sunday, November 19, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
New Life Metropolitan Community Church of Hampton Roads
1000 Sunset Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23503

This event will include speakers, a remembrance ceremony, a community reception, a resource fair, and more! It is free and open to the public.


9th annual NoVA Interfaith Trans Day of Remembrance
Monday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
2709 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124

The Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20, and is a day to memorialize those who have been killed over the previous year as a result of transphobia, or the fear or hatred of transgender and gender nonconforming people. This event brings attention to the continued violence endured by the trans* communities, especially those who exist on the margins. On average, for the past few years, there have been two such murders in this country every month. Nearly half of these murders go unsolved.


Transgender Day of Resilience & Remembrance
Monday, November 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Richmond Public Library
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

An evening of celebration and performances, for and by the Trans Community of Richmond. Honoring those who’ve lost their lives to anti-transgender violence and discrimination, as well as acknowledging Trans lives who are still among us.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Monday, November 20, 7:00-9:00 PM
Diversity Richmond
1407 Sherwood Ave.
Richmond, VA 23220

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. TDOR RVA 2017 will be held at Diversiy at 7 pm on Nov. 20 ~~ followed by a reception.

Washington, DC

TDOR Enlighten the World 
Monday, November 20, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC
474 Ridge St NW,
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

This is a memorial service for those we have lost due to bigotry, hatred, and violence in the trans community.

Williamsburg, VA 

Merchants Square
11:45 to 12:30

Annual gathering to remember and celebrate the lives of the folk killed since January 1, 2017 and to condemn the rampant discriminatory acts by the President and others. Reading of names follows poetry and Covenant of Commitment.

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