Trans Empowerment is designed to engage our trans and ally community in raising awareness and addressing issues faced by our trans community. Trans Empowerment Week takes place the week before Transgender Day of Remembrance and includes multiple programs that address various aspects and issues that directly impact the trans community. Reoccuring programs include the Wall of Remembrance and Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.
Wall of Remembrance
The Wall of Remembrance a week-long display that memorializes those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The display remains up through Transgender Day of Remembrance that takes place on Nov 20th annually.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Nov 20th
Annually, on Nov 20th, Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed across the world to memorialize our Trans* family who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Gathering for our memorial march takes place outside the Alpine Room (Tenaya 170). The candle vigil will begin upon reaching the memorial tree.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman to memorialize the murder of black trans woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1998. The greater Boston area was already mourning the murder of three other black trans women over the past couple of years, when Hester was murdered. This combined with the lack of police investigation and the the incorrect name and gender usage in the media, propelled activists to create TDOR.