Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

Each year, Equality Virginia and countless other organizations throughout the Commonwealth observe Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This international event each November 20th memorializes those lives lost due to anti-transgender violence.   2020 has been the deadliest year on record for trans and non-binary people in the United States and across the globe, with Black and Latina trans women representing most of the lives lost this year and in previous years. You can read the names and stories of those who have been taken from us by clicking here. We honor and lift up those who we have lost, while striving to empower and fight for those who are still with us.

We hope you can make it to an event whether virtual or socially distanced.  Read below to learn how communities around Virginia are remembering. If you know of a TDOR event that is not listed, please use this google form and we will be sure to add it.


Transgender Day of Remembrance: Film & Discussion
Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM

Join CVille PRIDE and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library as we observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20th) and honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. How can you participate?

  1. Watch the documentary Call Her Ganda (2018) available to screen for free at with a JMRL Library card. Don’t have a Library card? You can get one online.
  2. Register at to receive a Zoom link to participate in the community film discussion with panelists from the trans community on Friday, November 20 at 7pm.

Questions about accessing the documentary or registering? Please call 434.973.7893 x3


Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, November 20, 2020, 3:30-5:00 PM
Hurkamp Park
500 William Street, Fredericksburg, VA

Hosted by the Rappahannock Region Transgender Group (RRTG).

Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads’ Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:00 PM
Facebook Live

Please join us for an annual celebration of transgender lives. We will be remembering those who were senselessly murdered and honoring those trans people who are attempting to live positive lives despite obstacles. Through speakers, music, and community– we will join together to celebrate and remember our friends and family, as well as learn how to be better advocates and allies for trans people, especially trans people of color who face violence and discrimination at disproportionate rates. Everyone is welcome to join us in this ceremony honoring trans lives. Hosted by the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, New Life MCC, Stonewall Sports Norfolk, Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc., International Black Women’s Congress, Southeastern Transgender Resource Center, PFLAG Norfolk/Southside, and Hampton Roads Pride.

E.P.I.C. TDOR 2020
Friday, November 2020, 5:00-9:00 PM

International Black Women’s Congress

1401 Tidewater Dr. Ste. 10, Norfolk, VA 23504We will be honoring all those lost within and around the Community with a candle light vigil and Balloon Release to follow. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by International Black Women’s Congress (IBWC) E.P.I.C. Ladiez Night!

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, November 20, 8:00 PM
Southeastern Transgender Resource Center
3519 Colley Ave, Norfolk Va. 23508

Light refreshments served, balloon release for all trans sisters and brothers who have passed. Hosted by the Southeastern Transgender Resource Center.


Trans Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM
Virtual (Zoom link here)

All are welcome to attend this event dedicated to remembering and celebrating the lives of all transgender individuals lost due to violence, oppression, and stigma. We will be holding a ceremony and community time spaces. Hosted by JMU SOGIE Programming.

Northern Virginia

12th Annual Northern Virginia Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
Friday, November 17, 2020, 7:00 PM

A time to remember our dead, those who were killed over the past year due to transphobia and anti-trans violence. Register here: This year hosted virtually by Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC) and True Accotink Colors of AUUC and sponsored by the TransGender Education Association of Greater Washington and the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia

Transgender Day of Remembrance Wigs & Pupusas
Friday, November 20, 2020
Washington, D.C. (unceded Piscataway Land/Chocolate City)

(en castellano abajo)

On Transgender Day of Rememberance, November 20, Plantita Power and Angel Rose Artist Collective collaborate to spread some love, share some food, and honor each other. TDOR is a day to remind ourselves that we deserve to look good and eat good, especially Black and Indigenous Trans Women. The Angel Rose Artist Collective and Plantita Power are coming together to make sure our community gets what they deserve for FREE. Get your wig, make up, pupusas and remember you DESERVE IT ALL EVERYDAY.

“We deserve to look good and eat good.”

If you are a Black or Indigenous Trans Woman, or a Trans Woman of Color, sign up: If you are a non Trans BIWOC, and wanna support, send us a DM!

(in english above)

En el dia de la Memoria Trans (conocido como TDOR), Noviembre 20, @PlantitaPower y @AngelRoseArts colaboran para compartir amor, comida, y honrar una a la otra. TDOR es un día para recordarnos a nosotrxs mismxs que merecemos lucir bien y comer bien, especialmente las mujeres trans negras e indígenas. El colectivo de artistas Angel Rose y Plantita Power se unen para asegurarse de que nuestra comunidad obtenga lo que se merecen GRATIS. Consigue tu peluca, maquillaje, pupusas y recuerda que TE MERECES TODO TODOS LOS DÍAS.

“Merecemos vernos ricas, y comer rico.”

Si vos sos una mujer Trans Negra u Indigena, o una Mujer Trans de Color, apúntate: Si eres alguien que no es una mujer Trans negra, indígena, o de color, y quieres ayudar, mándanos mensaje privado!

“Sijsiwayulu” (Two-Spirit Community Day)
Monday, November 30, 2020, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

ARAC presents a production in honor of Native American Heritage Month and Transgender Awareness Month. Written by Xemi Tapepechul, with songs by Nantzin Anastacia Lopez Lopez and Nantzin Paula Lopez. Directed by Ahanu Tapepechul. Featuring: Petrona Xemi Tapepechul & Ketzali Weyapan. ASL & English interpeters. Donate:


Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience Panel and Dedication
Friday, November 20, 2020, 4:00-5:00 PM and 8:00-9:00 PM
Facebook LiveIn honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, join us for an amazing virtual discussion at 4:00pm on Trans issues and the importance of Trans Day of Remembrance as well as the resilience of our community! There will be a dedication, featuring performances, at 8:00pm. Hosted by Nationz Foundation.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Luminary Ceremony 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020

Today is a day of remembrance that reminds us of the importance of community as we grieve those who have lost their lives to violence together. Join our virtual luminary ceremony to celebrate the lives of those we have unfortunately lost. Hosted by Side by Side.

Southwest Virginia

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Sunday, November 22, 2020, 3:00-5:00 PM

This will be an event held on Zoom, sponsored by: House of Expression and The Roanoke Diversity Center. This is an event to remember the transgender and gender non-conforming persons who have lost their lives to violence and to share information about the history of ballroom and the transgender/GNC community. We will also be sharing resources to support the transgender and GNC community. Guests will include representatives from Equality Virginia and Total Action for Progress’s Transgender Assistance Program. At the end we will also allow a Q & A session for the community to gather more information.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020, 6:00 PM

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) 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.

Amiyah Scott is an actress, model, author, and LGBTQ advocate, best known for her role as Cotton on Lee Daniel’s Star on Fox. With this role, Amiyah broke history as the first transgender actress to play a transgender character on a major network television series. Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Virginia Tech.