Transgender Day of Remembrance is celebrated on November 20th in the United States, to honor the memory of those who have faced discrimination, humiliation, ridicule, and even death due to their gender identity. Despite the rise in the number of organizations that advocate for the rights of transgender people and attempt to raise public awareness, many still refuse to accept them for who they are.
The holiday was founded in 1999, in honor of transgender woman Rita Hester, who was found near her home in Massachusetts with stab wounds to the chest. The killer had not taken any of the expensive jewelry she was wearing, leading society to understand what had caused her death. In response, a march of memory was held with 250 people in attendance. The day is a call to action to fight for the rights of transgender people and to guide society towards greater understanding and acceptance.
- Transgender people have been serving in the United States military since 2016, with an estimated 10% having repaid their debt to the country.
- In Australia, a sex reassignment operation was performed on a 4-year-old child.
- German singer Kim Petras changed gender at the age of 16.
- About 80% of transgender people feel free after transitioning, but they continue to hide their past in order to protect themselves from discrimination.
- The first transgender operation took place in 1930, but the patient did not survive due to rejection of the new organs.
How to take part
To celebrate and support Transgender Day of Remembrance, one can get involved by attending or hosting events in their city. Showing tolerance and encouraging others to do the same is incredibly important. Donations to organizations that support the cause are also appreciated.
When is Transgender Day of Remembrance celebrated in 2023?
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed on November 20 each year.