During the Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, formal City Council meeting, Councilmember Janice Weiner proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance in Iowa City. The proclamation was submitted by the Human Rights Commission and accepted by Commissioner Doug Kollasch. The proclamation can be read here.
The Transgender Pride Flag will be flown at City Hall through Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on Nov. 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender, each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people. Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in November 1998 to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester, a Black transgender woman, who was murdered in her Boston apartment. Her murder - like most anti-transgender murder cases - has never been solved.
TDOR is an opportunity to look forward to the future and recommit to ending discrimination and transphobia by amplifying the visibility and voices of the transgender community. The Human Rights Campaign tracks annual statistics of violence against people in the transgender community. The most recent statistics currently available for 2022, report over 30 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means in the US. A disproportionately high number of victims are transgender women of color.
The proclamation encourages community members to participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending and/or organizing a vigil on Nov. 20 to honor transgender persons whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence. Gatherings can take many forms, but typically include a vigil and/or reading of names of those lost in the local community, and discussion forums.
Transgender Day of Remembrance organizations and resources:
- Anti-Violence Project
- International Transgender Day of Remembrance
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- Trans Women of Color Collective
- Transgender Europe's Trans Murder Monitoring Project
- Transgender Law Center
- TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project
Attend free upcoming session on Trans and Nonbinary topics
Join One Iowa in a session on issues facing the Trans and Nonbinary community, Trans Day of Remembrance: Understanding Violence. The session will include information on Trans and Nonbinary identities, the causes of violence against the Trans community, and ways to take action for Trans lives.
Register for the free session from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 here.