Trans Day of Remembrance
Today is the eighteenth annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of trans woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. This day of remembrance has grown to international recognition as a way to honour the memory of trans and gender diverse people who have been lost as a result of anti-trans violence, fear, and hatred.
Today, we remember the 325 trans people that have been murdered globally in the last year as well as those who remain unreported. This includes at least 25 people in Canada and the United States, 21 of which were people of colour.  Since documentation began in 2008, at least 2609 trans people have been lost. Most concerning is that trans people of colour and sex workers are overrepresented in these numbers. 
Recognizing this day, we continue in this intersectional movement and stand with our trans community to work towards safer and more inclusive communities both here and abroad.
TDOR Events in Simcoe and Muskoka
We encourage attendance at the events hosted by Barrie Pride, The Gilbert Centre, and Muskoka Pride.
Please note that the monthly Coffee Meet in Barrie will be happening as scheduled today. TDOR can be a day filled with heavy emotions, so we offer the meet as a space for those who cannot participate in TDOR events or would like a space to recuperate and be with community.
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