DOR Houston 2017

The Houston Transgender Unity Committee will host it's annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center on the Main Campus of the University of Houston. A reception starts at 7pm with refreshments, followed by our speakers and the reading of the list of this year's victims. Every year the event brings up difficult emotions and realities of the world, but also provides a chance for the trans-community and our allies to find comfort and community and show that we are not going to simply give in to being victims. Thank you to all who attend and support our Day of Remembrance.

History of the Day Remembrance From GLAAD

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. Rita was a highly visible member of the transgender community in her native Boston, where she worked locally on education around transgender issues. On Saturday, Nov 28, Rita was stabbed 20 times in her apartment. A neighbor called the police, and Rita was rushed to the hospital. She passed away from cardiac arrest only moments after being admitted. Thirteen years later, police have still not found Rita’s murderer (or murderers). In 1999, one year after Rita’s murder, advocate and writer Gwendolyn Ann Smith coordinated a vigil in Rita’s honor. The vigil commemorated not only Rita, but all who were tragically lost to anti-transgender violence.

History of the Houston Day of Remembrance

The Houston Transgender community and its supporters began observing the Transgender day of Remembrance in November of 1999 on the steps of City Hall with a candlelight vigil and reading of the previous year’s victims. Later the event was moved indoors to the Holocaust Museum of Houston, which was a fitting location because transgender individuals were among the first groups singled out by the Nazis. The event quickly overwhelmed the available space at the Museum and has since been held on the University of Houston Campus, most years at the AD Bruce Religion Center, with generous support from the University's LGBT resource Center.