Friday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. On this day we honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Please view our video tribute below, in which The Real HouseBears of Cleveland read the names of those transgender people we lost year to ant-transgender violence.
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