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Transgender Day of Remembrance is next week, and SAMRU would like to invite students, staff, and faculty to participate in this important memorial service. Join us on Friday, November 18 in a walk through campus, followed by a ceremony to honour the memory of those who were lost to acts of anti-transgender violence.

Officially taking place on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an opportunity to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith began TDOR to memorialize Rita Hester, a transwoman killed in 1998. Since then, it has become an international day of reflection and action.

Drawing awareness to violent acts committed against transgender individuals—often not covered by mainstream media—helps bring visibility to the continued violence faced by the transgender community. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, and allows us to publicly mourn and honour the lives of people who might otherwise be forgotten.

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Friday, November 18: Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony
Pride Centre (Z204), Wyckham House
Walk at 3:00pm
Ceremony at 3:30pm
Refreshments will be served in the Pride Centre at 4:30pm.

Show your support!

Can’t attend our event? Read more about TDOR and learn about events happening on November 20 at If you cannot make it to a march or vigil, show your support by using the hashtag #TDOR on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.