Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

TDOR 2020

Transgender Day of Remebrance history

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hestor in Allston, MA. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action.

The number of reported cases of anti-transgender hate crimes has more than doubled since 1999. In the past decade, more than one person per month has died as a result of transgender-based hate or prejudice.

It is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia conspire to deprive them of employment, housing, healthcare and other necessities, barriers that make them vulnerable.


The biographies and photographs of those we are remembering can be found in this PowerPoint presentation file. Included in the file is an explanation of what Transgender Day of Remembrance is, who is Transgender, and other resources that are linked for reference. The intention is for communities may use this information to educate, create awareness and develop ways to remember the lives that were lost.

2020 Bios and Photos for TDOR (ppt)

2020 Bios and Photos for TDOR (pdf)

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 Flyer (download jpg)


Transgender Day of Remembrance for 2020 will be Friday, November 20.


At 8:30am, San Mateo County is raising the transgender flag on Friday, November 20 and includes remarks from Supervisor Dave Pine, Dana Johnson, and Frankie Sapp. 
Livestream of the remarks and flag-raising will be provided on the LGBTQ Commission Facebook page. For those who don't have Facebook, a short video of the flag-raising will be shown at the afternoon TDOR event.


The livestream recording is available at the link below.

Program is 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

  • Welcome - emcee Dana Johnson, Co-Chair LGBTQ Commission & Co-Chair Pride Initiative
  • Reading of Names
  • Poetry Readings by Dena Rod and Gentle Ramirez
  • Speakers: Lexi Shimmers and Sie Chambers
  • Open Mic

*Livestream of the event on the Redwood City Public Library YouTube Channel 

Please contact Tanya Beat, with any questions! This is a community organized and community held event.

Collaborating organizations include:

  • San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission
  • San Mateo County Pride Initiative
  • San Mateo County Pride Center
  • Adolescent Counseling Services Outlet
  • Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
  • Evergreen Giving Tree
  • Redwood City Public Library
  • Island United Church of Foster City
Friday, November 20, 2020 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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