Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Every year the Pride Centre gathers to honour the lives of transgender and two-spirit individuals who lost their lives in the past year to transphobic violence. This event provides students with the opportunity to understand further transgender-based violence and its continual impact on transgender and LGBTQ2S+ communities and honour members of the community who have lost their lives.
The event includes an opening ceremony in the Pride Centre, a collective memorial walk across campus, and a closing ceremony including guest speakers.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour 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.