Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), held annually in November 20th, is a day in which groups across the world hold vigils to remember those that have been brutally murdered simply because of their gender identity.
There are many ways to have a vigil. Light a candle for each person and read their names aloud—it may be the only time they are recognized as murder victims. Put their names on a star or on a placard and lay down in a public die-in for 5 minutes to create awareness about the murders. Partner with local LGBTQ organizations or consider hosting the TDOR in your congregation.
- Statement from Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales
- Sample opening remarks
- List of trans* persons who have been reported murdered over the last year to read at a remembrance vigil.
- Sample litany
- Hymns and readings:
- Hymn # 1002 – “Comfort Me” (from Singing the Journey)
- Hymn #1057 – “Go Lifted Up” (from Singing the Journey)
- Reading #429 (from Singing the Living Tradition)
- Reading #453 (from Singing the Living Tradition)
- Sample prayers: “Transgender Day of Remembrance in Four Voices” and “WE PRAY: Prayers To and For the Transgender Community” from thoughts ON
- Transgender Day of Remembrance blog posts:
- Resources on Transgender Identity and Welcome from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Office of LGBTQ Ministries
- “Tips on How to Hold a Successful TDOR” from Remembering Our Dead
If you have any questions or need assistance with hosting an event in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* – “Trans*” is an all-inclusive, umbrella term that refers to all of the non-normative identities within the gender identity spectrum. Check out this article to learn more.