Trans Day of Remembrance/Resilience Events Across Ohio (LISTING)

The November event began by honoring Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is held annually as a memorial to trans individuals who are murdered each year due to hate, transphobia and society’s strict adherence to the gender binary.


Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

We have collected here a listing of TDoR gatherings all across Ohio. Please e-mail [email protected] to add a listing.

Wednesday, November 17

Campus Vigil (Kenyon College)
10:00am, Unity-Snowden courtyard, Kenyon Campus, Gambier, OH
Student leaders from Unity House, Gender Group, the Crozier Center for Women, and Sisterhood will lead this first event. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend and to remember and honor the lives lost to transphobic violence. Both electronic candles and tissues will be available to those in attendance.

Thursday, November 18

TDOR/R Lecture  feat. Felix Tunador (he/him) (Kenyon College)
5:00pm, Zoom
This year’s speaker is the Re-Entry Program Manager for the Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services in Los Angeles, California. At this event, he will discuss his experiences supporting transgender people who are formerly and currently incarcerated. Additionally, attendees will learn how they can be better informed about the needs of this population within the broader trans community.

Friday, November 19

Transgender Service of Remembrance (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center)
Noon, Streaming online

Saturday, November 20

Trans Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil & Lantern Release (Black Space Productions)
3:00pm, Edgewater Beach, Cleveland, OH
6:00pm, Current Cleveland for Decompression Space, 1300 W 78th St Suite 101, Cleveland, OH
Join us, as we celebrate the lives of those we lose too soon. We will be meeting at Edgewater @ 3 PM for the vigil and then later again at 6 PM for a community decompression space. We are also raising funds in honor of TDOR to help local black trans and gnc folx who need assistance. If you would like to give to the fund, our cash app is $BlackSpaces. You’re also looking for volunteers, if you or someone you know would like to help out send a DM or email us at [email protected]

Transgender Day of Remembrance
5:45pm, King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Avenue, Columbus, OH
Trans* family, friends, and allies, please read all of the following details carefully: King Avenue United Methodist Church is once again the venue for the Columbus Trans Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 20th, hosted by T Talks and Columbus Trans Pride March. We are also livestreaming the event on YouTube and we’ll post the link on our Facebook pages. Please be aware: the OSU Buckeyes are playing a home game, so there may be heavy traffic. Must RSVP HERE if going in person. Livestream will HERE.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Sinclair Community College
6:30pm, Sinclair Building 12, Ballroom/Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College in Dayton (Parking will be off of 4th street in the garage below building 12.)
Seating and refreshments will begin at 6:30PM and there will be a program including a reading of the names of those lost starting at 7PM. We will also have several guest speakers, including keynote speaker Sybastian Smith of the National Center for Transgender Equality and the I am Human Foundation. If you feel uncomfortable with a live event, please follow TdorDayton for a live stream of this event on Facebook.

Trans Day of Remembrance (LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay)
7:00pm, Dorney Plaza, Findlay, OH
Join us as we honor the lives of the Trans* identifying individuals that have been taken too soon within the United States due to violence. Go here for more info. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil (OUT MOV and Marietta College Office of Diversity & Inclusion)
7:30pm, Muskingum Park Gazebo, Marietta, OH
All community members are invited to attend and mark the occasion by hearing the stories of local transgender and non-binary people, memorialize those lost, and celebrate the diversity and resilience of the community in the face of harassment and violence.

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