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.


Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads’ Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Old Dominion University in the Mills Godwin Building, Room 102
1320 West 44th Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23508

Please join us for an annual celebration of transgender lives. We will be remembering those who were senselessly murdered and honoring those trans people who are attempting to live positive lives despite obstacles. Through speakers, 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.  Candles will be provided and light refreshments served.

Everyone is welcome to join us in this ceremony honoring trans lives.

Our speakers include:
* Mel Howard
* Tracey Swinarsky
* Nyonna Byers
* Redd Tyler
* Nekiyah
* Serenity
* Mark Byrd
* Martina Armand Fortin-Jonas
* Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul
* Ahanu On

Hosted by Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia-TAP VA, LGBT Life Center, PFLAG Norfolk/Hampton Roads, New Life MCC, and Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity Incorporated.

Northern Virginia

11th Annual Northern Virginia Interfaith Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran (new location this year)
8922 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

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 hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people. This event also serves to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the trans* communities, especially those who exist on the margins. On average, there is one such murder in this country every month. Most of these murders go unsolved.  Hosted by the Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington.

*Embraces a continuum of gender variation and expression.

3rd Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil 
Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Thomas Balch Library
208 W Market Street
Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Join Equality Loudoun for our 3rd annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil. We will have few moments of quiet reflection and the reading of the names of Transgender people who were killed this year.

“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

Eastern Shore

Third Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth
19369 Plantation Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

THIRD ANNUAL: Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Wednesday November 20th Rehoboth TransLiance, in conjunction with Safe Harbor United Church of Christ and the Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth, will be holding a short vigil.

There will be a candle lighting and reading of the names. This year will pay special consideration to the plight of Trans women of color. Trans women of color are being killed at an alarming rate in this country. We all witnessed Blossom Brown stand up at th CNN hosted Equality Town Hall featuring the Democratic candidates for president. We might not all agree with her tactics she was not wrong. More needs to be done. Last year there were 27 trans brothers and sister killed. This year we are up to at least 20. The vast majority have been trans women of color.

Reverend Diane Fisher MCC and Reverend Chet Carbaug UCC will be leading us in prayer. After there will be a reading the names of transgender people killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This is the third TDOR vigil in Rehoboth and we hope to keep it an annual event at least until the bigotry ends.


Transgender Awareness Week Celebration
Wednesday, November 13th, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
VCU Police Department Rear Parking Lot at the Tree
224 East Broad Street at the intersection of 3rd Street and Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219

In March of 2017, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, in partnership with the Richmond Police Department and TDoR RVA, dedicated an Okame cherry tree in honor of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and to commemorate transgender community members who lost their lives due to violence.

Transgender Awareness Week is November 12-19 each year. Join us to celebrate the transgender community and dedicate new signage for the memorial tree on November 13 at 4:00PM. Reception follows. The VCU Ram Pantry will be present to accept donations of canned food for the Pantry. Hosted by GLSEN Richmond, VCU Police Department, and Nationz Foundation.

Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Richmond Public Library (Main Library)
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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 Foundation in the main auditorium at the Richmond Public Library. as we present Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience 2019.

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!


Transgender Week of Awareness at William and Mary College
Monday, November 18, 4pm-9pm and Wednesday, November 20, 8pm
William and Mary College, Washington Hall Rm. 301, Commonwealth Auditorium, and Tucker Hall Theatre
241 Jamestown Road, 200 Stadium Drive, and 350 James Blair Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Brown/Round/Queer/Here Workshop with AC Dumlao at 4-5:30pm in Washington 301

AC is queer but not white. Cis-assumed but trans. Trans but non-binary. American but Filipino. Asian but Brown. The buts keep on coming. In this workshop, AC invites participants to share their personal experiences through activities and reflection as an entry point into a deep dive into the lens of intersectionality.

Call Them By Their Name Talk with AC Dumlao at 7pm in Commonwealth Auditorium

Headlines such as National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution,” may lead you to believe that the concepts of gender fluidity and non-binary identity are a new invention by millennials and Gen X, when in fact, non-binary identities have always existed. During this lecture, advocate and educator AC Dumlao (they/them) will discuss the history of non-binary genders in cultures around the world and how “non-binary” fits with(in) the transgender community.

Wednesday, November 20th: Boy Meets Girl Movie Screening at 8pm in Tucker Theatre


Transgender Day of Remembrance
Saturday, November 16, 2018, 7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke
2015 Grandin Rd SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is coming on November 20th. Ladies and Gents is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke to put on a TDOR event on Saturday, Nov 16th.

There will be a potluck at 6:30 followed by a ceremony to honor the transgender folks worldwide that have been murdered due to transphobia. Also, at 2:00 that Saturday, the church has invited us to join them in making a paper chain with each fallen person’s name on a link. The finished chain will be hung in a prominent place in the church.

This will be a great opportunity to meet some supportive people and to increase their awareness about trans issues. So, mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

Washington, DC

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington
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 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, 474 Ridge St. NW.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance 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 accommodations, please e-mail [email protected]

Hosted by The DC Center, Whitman-Walker Health, DCHomos, Human Rights Campaign Greater Washington, DC Steering Committee, Capital TRANS PRIDE, Center Trans, Empowering the Transgender Community, ETC, and Genderqueer DC.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil at the University of Virginia
Sunday, November 24th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The University of Virginia in front of Peabody Hall
190 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

A candlelight vigil will be held in front of Peabody Hall from 7:00 to 7:30 pm to honor trans lives lost in 2019, and recognize violence against trans people everywhere.  A reception and informal dialogue will follow in the UVA LGBTQ Center, located on the lower level of Newcomb Hall (180 McCormick Road).


Trans Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
James Madison University in the Madison Union Ballroom
170 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Please join JMU SOGIE Programming and Madison Equality in the Madison Union Ballroom to come together on November 20th to honor, remember, and celebrate those we have lost in 2019 and in years past. We are hosting  a remembrance ceremony beginning with light refreshments and community time, followed by a vigil and intentions ceremony.  All are welcome to come and go when accessible, but encouraged to stay for the entire ceremony.

Madison Union is located in the Bluestone region of campus, and the closet parking would be the Grace Street Parking Deck or the Mason Street parking deck. Here is a map of this area of campus. The Madison Union ballroom is on the 5th floor of Madison Union, and there is an elevator that can be used if desired or needed.

Please contact Jennifer Iwerks at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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