2020 Trans Day Of Remembrance: Global Pandemic Edition

Organized and taking place on the unceded, ancestral territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, & Səl̓ílwətaɁɬ Nations (in so-called vancouver, canada). We seek to work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples in the struggle for autonomy and self-determination. We recognize that the gender binary is a colonial construct and affirm the diversity of gender identity and gender expression of people around the world, especially those who are reclaiming identities and roles lost, erased and vilified due to colonization.

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual event on November 20th which commemorates the hundreds of people murdered each year due to anti-trans and anti-sex worker bigotry and violence.

Our mission is to memorialize the hundreds of trans people who are murdered each year, the majority of whom are trans women of colour and sex workers, and bring attention to the violence and oppression they experience. We envision a world where trans women, sex workers, and trans people as a whole have the support and resources to live out their full lives with dignity, respect, and safety.

Join us for a physically-distanced march, memorial, or both to observe this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance – in-person or via livestream.

Friday, November 20, 2020
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Meet @ Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute Street
& March to the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side)

Register for the livestream: https://linktr.ee/TDORvancouver

If you have been sick recently and/or are immuno-compromised, please stay home & join the live stream.

SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 information:

  1. Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
  2. B.C: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data
  3. Complete the self-assessment tool online at https://bc.thrive.health

6:30pm Gather (physically-distanced) at Jim Deva Plaza (on Bute Street on both sides of Davie Street)
7:00pm Opening & Memorial for murdered trans people in Canada
7:15pm March begins to Vancouver Art Gallery
8:00pm Memorial @ Vancouver Art Gallery
– History & Context
– Memorial for murdered trans people globally
– Open Mic
9:00pm Closing

March Route Info:

Accessibility Information:

  • The march route and event space are wheelchair accessible.
  • ASL interpretation has been secured for the online, live stream portion of this event. No ASL interpretation is available in-person at the march or memorial. If you require this service, kindly contact us so interpreters can know who to look for online.
  • PPE such as medical masks and hand sanitizer will be distributed throughout the in-person event.
  • There are single-stall, free, public washrooms available both at Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • We are currently securing active listeners who are ready, trained, and available for providing emotional support for folks who feel triggered, need someone to talk to, and who may need to leave the space both in-person and online.
  • If there are any safety concerns and/or accessibility requests, please do assert your needs to the group and/or to a facilitator or organizer.
  • To contact us ahead of time re: accessibility requests or questions: TDORvancouver @pm.me

Safer Space Information:

  • Content warning: violence against trans women, sex workers, and trans folks more generally
  • Trigger warning: mentions of some of the causes of death of the trans folks who have been murdered (at the end of reading the names) and mention of suicide.
  • This event is a safer space. We recognize that oppression exists everywhere, and that we cannot guarantee safe spaces, only that we can make them safer by recognizing, understanding, challenging, and transforming oppressive ideas and behaviours. This includes, and is not limited to, racism, classism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism, ageism, sexism, and sizeism.
  • This event will be live streamed online to accommodate people staying home due to the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We ask that people concerned about being visible to ensure their anonymity by covering anything that may be identifying such as your face and/or using pseudonyms for those watching online.
  • Participants are encouraged to give care to themselves and engage in this space in ways that works for them; no one expects folks to do anything they don’t want to do.
  • This event centers trans people and their lived experiences, and we will prioritize their voices above all else, particularly those who are multiply marginalized. This is not a space for parachuters or co-opters.
  • Organizers are bound by the Mission, Vision & Basis of Unity of TDOR and reserve the right to remove anyone who is disruptive, breaches the safer space guidelines, and/or creates an unsafe space (please note: discomfort is not the same as unsafe.)
  • Members of the media are not welcome at our events. You are welcome to speak with organizers before or after and event. Media inquiries can be made via email at TDORvancouver @ pm.me

If you have any ideas, questions or accessibility requests, please contact us at TDORvancouver @pm.me

We are fundraising to cover the cost of this year’s TDOR. Please donate & share, any amount helps: https://linktr.ee/TDORvancouver

Justice for Coco! Sign & share: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_TWvpxVftGK1lJCIFBwde1XAK5EYOlZz_SaToen3sU2N60Q/viewform

“We are shocked and outraged at the death of our community member in TPS custody.

Coco, whose last name is being withheld for family privacy, died in police custody on October 26, 2020. The mystery surrounding her death, and the continued misgendering of Coco in the TPS reports is unacceptable. Black trans lives matter. Coco should be alive today. Toronto Police Services is responsible for her death in their custody.”

Donate to Coco’s memorial: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-costs-for-our-beloved-coco

International information:

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