The Transgender Day of Remembrance, or TDOR, was founded as a memorial by trans activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith after the murder of Rita Hester, a Massachusetts transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the Trans people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

From 1999 forward, the service has continued, spreading across the US in over 200 cities, and the world. The observance is now held annually in over 20 countries. A hallmark of the service is the reading of the names (where known) of all of those who have been murdered since the previous year.

St. Louis has one of the oldest traditions in the nation commemorating TDOR.

The roots of its 2001 founding by Blue and Cody Fairchild, and Barbara Fairchild, included collaboration with LGBT and trans rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera. Originally hosted in St. Louis at St. John's Episcopal, early supporters include civil rights activist Mo Costello and Trans activist Robyn Montague. Later, the Gateway Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence participated in remembrance observation and support was also provided by the LGBT Center of St. Louis.

In 2015, the Metro Trans Umbrella Group of St. Louis (MTUG) collaborated with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of St. Louis to offer a city wide all-are-welcome memorial observation that continues today.


Sunday, Nov. 19th

Transgender Day of Remembrance, 4-6 p.m., Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis 63117).


TDOR Vigil 2017 Missouri State Capitol, 4:30-6p.m., Missouri State Capitol (201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101).

Monday, Nov. 20th

Pride St. Charles TDOR Observance, 7 p.m. , Courtyard by Marriott (4341 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Saint Peters, Missouri 63376).

Transgender Day of Remembrance, 6-8p.m., Transgender Memorial Garden (1469 S. Vandeventer Avenue in The Grove St. Louis).



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