Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the innocent souls whose lives were lost in acts of hate

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Trans Day Of Remembrance Honors Those Whose Lives Were Lost To Violence

On November 20th of each year, we remember all of the brave members of the transgender community whose lives were lost due to acts of anti-transgender violence.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance that honors the memory of all these victims. The day was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith in 1999, as a vigil to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman murdered the year before in Massachusetts.

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Unfortunately, since 1999, violence against the transgender community is on the rise. According to reports, in 2015, 27 transgender people have been murdered in the US. alone.

Around the world, vigils will commemorate all those who have lost their lives to transgender-related violence. Hundreds of cities across the US will hold vigils on Friday, November 20th. Visit this website to find a location near you, and take the time to pay your respects to these souls whose lives were lost in the name of heartbreaking violence.

Learn more about the murder of a transgender Filipino woman, Jennifer Laude:

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Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the innocent souls whose lives were lost in acts of hate
Protesters hang a rainbow banner from the foot bridge near the US embassy during a protest over the killing on October 11, 2014 of a Filipino transgender woman named Jennifer Laude near the former US Subic naval base northwest of Manila on December 1, 2014 . American marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is being held as the main suspect in the murder which the protesters have labelled as a 'hate crime' against LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgender) Filipinos. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/24: Students hold a placard saying 'Justice for Jennifer Laude' during a protest held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman on Friday. Jeffrey 'Jennifer' Laude was allegedy murdered by US marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. (Photo by Jansen Joel C. Romero/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/24: A transgender Filipino walks across the lit candles formed 'Justice' during a protest held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman on Friday. Jeffrey 'Jennifer' Laude was allegedy murdered by US marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. (Photo by Jansen Joel C. Romero/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters stands next to a portrait of murdered transgender woman Jennifer Laude during a rally inside the campus of the state university in Manila on October 24, 2014, to coincide with her burial. A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters October 22, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be taken off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/24: Students lines up lit candles during a protest held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman on Friday. Jeffrey 'Jennifer' Laude was allegedy murdered by US marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. (Photo by Jansen Joel C. Romero/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters hold candles during a vigil inside the campus of the state university in Manila on October 24, 2014, to coincide with the burial of murdered transgender woman, Jennifer Laude. A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters October 22, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be taken off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/24: A student holds a lit candle during a protest held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman on Friday. Jeffrey 'Jennifer' Laude was allegedy murdered by US marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. (Photo by Jansen Joel C. Romero/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Activists lay a mock coffin of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, also known as 'Jeffrey,' and light candles during a protest near the US embassy in Manila on October 24, 2014. A US Marine accused of murdering a Filipina was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters October 24, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be moved off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists carry a mock coffin of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, also known as 'Jeffrey,' during a protest near the US embassy in Manila on October 24, 2014. A US Marine accused of murdering a Filipina was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters October 24, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be moved off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists carry a mock coffin of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, also known as 'Jeffrey,' during a protest near the US embassy in Manila on October 24, 2014. A US Marine accused of murdering a Filipina was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters October 24, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be moved off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PASAY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/22: Different groups of activist and protesters conduct a protest rally in front of Senate Office in Pasay City, to help Laude's family and bring justice for the crime committed by Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton an American Soldier (USMC) which is responsible for Jennifer Laude's killing. The protesters also asked for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) permanently ban and abolish from the country. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PASAY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/22: Different groups of activist and protesters conduct a protest rally in front of Senate Office in Pasay City, to help Laude's family and bring justice for the crime committed by Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton an American Soldier (USMC) which is responsible for Jennifer Laude's killing. The protesters also asked for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) permanently ban and abolish from the country. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PASAY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/22: Different groups of activist and protesters conduct a protest rally in front of Senate Office in Pasay City, to help Laude's family and bring justice for the crime committed by Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton an American Soldier (USMC) which is responsible for Jennifer Laude's killing. The protesters also asked for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) permanently ban and abolish from the country. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PASAY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/22: Different groups of activist and protesters conduct a protest rally in front of Senate Office in Pasay City, to help Laude's family and bring justice for the crime committed by Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton an American Soldier (USMC) which is responsible for Jennifer Laude's killing. The protesters also asked for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) permanently ban and abolish from the country. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PASAY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/22: Different groups of activist and protesters conduct a protest rally in front of Senate Office in Pasay City, to help Laude's family and bring justice for the crime committed by Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton an American Soldier (USMC) which is responsible for Jennifer Laude's killing. The protesters also asked for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) permanently ban and abolish from the country. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PASAY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/22: Different groups of activist and protesters conduct a protest rally in front of Senate Office in Pasay City, to help Laude's family and bring justice for the crime committed by Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton an American Soldier (USMC) which is responsible for Jennifer Laude's killing. The protesters also asked for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) permanently ban and abolish from the country. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Marilou Laude (top L), sister of murdered Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, also known as 'Jeffrey,' is helped by Jennifer Laude's boyfriend German Marc Susselbeck (in black), as she climbs the gate of the facility where Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is detained at the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) headquarters in Manila on October 22, 2014. A US Marine accused of murdering a Filipina was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters Wednesday, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be moved off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PASAY, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/22: Different groups of activist and protesters conduct a protest rally in front of Senate Office in Pasay City, to help Laude's family and bring justice for the crime committed by Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton an American Soldier (USMC) which is responsible for Jennifer Laude's killing. The protesters also asked for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) permanently ban and abolish from the country. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/14: Protesters burn a mock US flag as they call for justice for the murdered transgender in Olongapo City, allegedly by a US serviceman. Protesters lead by the League of the Filipino Students trooped to the US embassy in Manila to ask for the arrest of a US serviceman, identified as Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, for allegedly killing transgender Jennifer Laude. (Photo by J Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/15: The group of activist Gabriela held a protest in front of Dept. of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City Philippines, to bring justice for the killing of a Filipino transgender Jeffry or alias Jennifer Laude by an identified U.S. Marines in Olongapo City province in the country. Identified the U.S.Troops as Pfc. Joseph Scoth Pemberton, the rallyist asked from DFA to acquire the custody of the said U.S. Soldier from the country until proven guilty of the suspect. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
German Marc Susselbeck (2nd L), boyfriend of murdered Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, also known as 'Jeffrey,' and Jennifer's sister Marilou (L) confront soldiers after climbing the gate of the facility where Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is detained at the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) headquarters in Manila on October 22, 2014. A US Marine accused of murdering a Filipina was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters on October 22, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be moved off a US warship. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/15: The group of activist Gabriela held a protest in front of Dept. of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City Philippines, to bring justice for the killing of a Filipino transgender Jeffry or alias Jennifer Laude by an identified U.S. Marines in Olongapo City province in the country. Identified the U.S.Troops as Pfc. Joseph Scoth Pemberton, the rallyist asked from DFA to acquire the custody of the said U.S. Soldier from the country until proven guilty of the suspect. (Photo by Wilfredo Clamor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/10/14: Protesters call for justice as they troop to the US embassy in Roxas Boulevard tuesday afternoon. Protesters lead by the League of the Filipino Students trooped to the US embassy in Manila to ask for the arrest of a US serviceman, identified as Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, for allegedly killing transgender Jennifer Laude. (Photo by J Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A slogan 'Justice' is reflected on the spectacles of a protester during a candle light vigil inside the campus of the state university in Manila on October 24, 2014, to coincide with the burial of murdered transgender woman Jennifer Laude . A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters October 22, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be taken off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
German Marc Susselbeck (3rd L), boyfriend of murdered Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, also known as 'Jeffrey,' and Jennifer's sister Marilou (2nd L) climb over the gate of the facility where Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is detained at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Manila on October 22, 2014. A US Marine accused of murdering a Filipina was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters Wednesday, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be moved off an American warship. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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