David Sowinski ’25 and Anaya Patel ’25
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is coming up next week, on November 20th. TDOR is observed annually to honor transgender people whose lives have been lost due to violence, hate, and transphobia. This day was founded in 1999 to memorialize the murder of the Black, transgender woman Rita Hester.
TDOR is one day a year, but it’s important to be cognizant of the oppression transgender people, notably trans people of color, face on a day-to-day basis. Here at Davidson, the trans and gender non-conforming community is very small and has few tailored resources, even within the broader queer community. While all LGBTQ+ communities face identity-based struggles, transgender persons have historically been the victims of extreme violence, discrimination, and disparities in essential services like health care, housing, and education. TDOR is not only a day to remember those who have lost their lives but also for cisgender people of all sexual orientations to reflect on how they can play their part in fostering environments where trans people feel safe.
Here at Davidson, we encourage students to respect pronouns, disabuse themselves of the notion that gender is immutable, and attend events open to them with the goal of learning more about trans communities, among other things. At Davidson’s doorstep, Charlotte ranks second for the deadliest cities for transgender and gender non-conforming people. On this upcoming Transgender Day of Remembrance, take time to confront this information, and consider what you can do to make your community and adjacent communities safer for all people.
If you are able to donate, here are some great options:
National Center for Transgender Equality
Charlotte Black Pride