Resources for Observing Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is held on or around November 20th.  It was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester (https://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Rita_Hester) in Allston, Massachusetts, USA. In 2010, TDOR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

A TDOR observance may be just a portion of worship time, a full worship service, a separate event in partnership with other churches, or a separate, secular event. As with the LGB communities, the “T” has had their share of abuse from religious organizations, and so holding an event in a place of worship may result in fewer attendees.

Included in this toolkit are several person’s thoughts on a TDOR event and several resources that may be used as a template or an inspiration for your observance.

These resources have been created and gathered by the Trans & Diverse Genders Working Group, MCC

With significant contributions from working group members:
Rev. Emma Chattin
MCC of Northern Virginia
Fairfield, Virginia, USA

Rev. Aaron Miller
MCC of Hartford
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Brent Stansfield
MCC of Our Redeemer
Augusta, Georgia, USA

Stacy Sandberg
Eternal Joy MCC
Dayton, Ohio, USA

Click below to download the Transgender Day of Remembrance Toolkit

 

Download Icon TDOR Toolkit (Word)
(Updated: 3 November 2017)

Download Icon TDOR Toolkit (Adobe PDF)
(Updated: 3 November 2017)

 

For additional background on TDOR from a faith perspective, go to this link:
http://www.transfaithonline.org/tdor/what/

 

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