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Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil 2023

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TransFolk is inviting all Trans and Gender Diverse people, their families, friends and allies to a candlelight vigil on the evening of International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

  • Date: Monday 20 November 2023
  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Location: Hyde Park, Stage Area
  • Cost: FREE
  • Accessibility info: Coming soon
  • Bring along your own picnic rug or chair. Candles will be provided.

What is TDOR?
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 commemorates all transgender people lost to violence and suicide since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti transgender bigotry and violence. I am not longer a stranger to the need to fright for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people - sometimes in the most brutal ways possible - it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." - Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Would you like to share your story, some words or art at our upcoming Transgender Day of Remembrance event?

Please reach out with an expression of interest via this link:

We welcome submissions from speakers, storytellers, poets, musicians, drag performers, or other forms of acknowledgment that would be suitable for a small in-person vigil at Hyde Park on 20 November, from 6:30pm. PA system will be provided.

This event will be held on the unceeded land of the Whadjuk Noongar Nation. TransFolk of WA pays our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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