Activism and advocacy must go beyond just one day.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a day started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith who began a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed a year earlier.
Since then it has become an important day to honor all of those who have been murdered just for being who they are.
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence," said Smith in 2017. "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."
So far in 2018, there have been 310 trans men and women who have been killed worldwide with 22 reported in the United States.
Although TDOR is important in bringing awareness to violence against trans people it is also important that people continue to advocate for change all year long.
Attending political rallies, and other events are one of the best ways to be active in the community.
Below are a few special events being held in San Diego for Transgender Day of Remembrance.
San Diego Transgender Day of Remembrance
The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host a TDOR event this evening starting at 6 pm. Participants will gather outside of The Center, located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest, starting at 6 pm for a march. At 7 pm, community members will gather in The Center's Auditorium for a program. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook event page.
North County San Diego Transgender Day of Remembrance
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center will also host a TDOR event this evening starting at 7 pm. The event will be held in the City of Oceanside Public Library, located at 330 N. Coast Hwy in Oceanside. More information is on the Facebook event page.