Between Two Worlds: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

Between Two Worlds: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 November 13, 2020

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an annual observance on November 20 of every year that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. I write about this every year, and participate in an observance every November 20 at Circle Sanctuary. This year, because of the pandemic, it will be online.

The Transgender Pride flag was created by Monica Helms in 1999. Image by Kat Love via Pixabay.

Every year on Samhain, then again on my birthday in early November, I think about those of us who have been violently murdered. Just because we’re transgender. I’m writing this in advance of the Astrological Samhain. I’ll do a solitary ritual in remembrance then and thank Hekate that I wasn’t one of them.

That’s why the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is so important to me and others like me. To remember until we all are accepted for just being us, human beings. The 20th of November each year is a very solemn reminder of that.

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance? Quoted from Wikipedia:

“The 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.”

This year is the 22nd anniversary of TDoR.

Image by H. Newberry via Pixabay.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible – it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.” – Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

The data of those lost is collected from the first day of October to the last day of September each year. That way the data is accurate for the vigil on November 20 of each year. I see this data almost every day as one of the admins on the Facebook Group Trans Violence News. I want to publicly thanks the other admins of the group, Anna-Jayne Metcalfe, Mika-Ellen Orzech and Corrine Jutz for their daily reporting of these tragic events worldwide. I’d also like to mention Kelli Anne Busey of planettransgender, for her help in posting a lot of these deaths.

In this reporting period there were 430 reported deaths of transgender people worldwide. Only the deaths that are reported are included. There are many, many more that go unreported each year.

Range October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020

Data is from TransLivesMatter.

Argentina: 14

Australia: 2

Azerbaijan: 1

Bolivia: 1

Brazil: 184

Canada: 2

Columbia: 24

Dominican Republic: 3

Ecuador: 2

El Salvador: 8

Finland: 1

France: 2

Guatemala: 8

Honduras: 6

India: 13

Indonesia: 1

Israel: 1

Italy: 7

Mexico: 56

Nepal: 1

Nicaragua: 1

Pakistan: 9

Paraguay: 1

Peru: 5

Philippines: 2

Puerto Rico: 6

Russia: 3

South Africa: 1

Spain: 3

Sweden: 1

Turkey: 4

United Kingdom: 4

Venezuela: 1

Image by janeb13 via Pixabay.

USA Deaths: 51 (This year those who died of Covid-19 have been reported, for the first time  ever.)

Corbin Ray Bach  23, suicide in Paducah, Kentucky  6 Oct 2019

Christine Zephier  23, died in Mankato, Minnesota  10 Oct 2019

Daphne Dorman  44, suicide in San Francisco, California  11 Oct 2019

Brianna “BB” Hill  30, shot in Kansas City, Missouri   14 Oct 2019

Nikki Kuhnhausen  17, murdered in Larch Mountain, Oregon  7 Dec 2019

Angel Rose Garcia  21, died in Hyattsville, Maryland  10 Dec 2019

Alice Carter (“Baby Alice”)  35, died in Washington, D.C.  18 Dec 2019

Yahira Nesby  33,  shot in Brooklyn, New York  19 Dec 2019

Mia Penny  26,  shot in Washington, D.C.  29 Dec 2019

Dustin Parker  25,  shot in McAlester, Oklahoma  1 Jan 2020

Emerald Kelliher  31, suicide in Montgomery, Alabama  3 Jan 2020

Alex McCray  22,  suicide in St. Louis, Missouri  4 Jan 2020

Camila Maria Concepcion  28, suicide in Los Angeles, California  21 Feb 2020

John Scott aka Devore/Scottlyn  aka Kelly Devore 51, murdered in Augusta, Georgia  12 Mar 2020

Monica Diamond  34, shot in Charlotte, North Carolina  18 Mar 2020

Lexi “Ebony” Sutton  33,  stabbed in Harlem, New York  28 Mar 2020

Lorena Borjas  59, died of Covid-19 in Queens, New York  30 Mar 2020

Ashley Moore  26, died in Newark, New Jersey  1 Apr 2020

Henrietta Robinson  79, died of Covid-19 in Miami, Florida  3 Apr 2020

Johanna Metzger  age unknown, stabbed in Baltimore, Maryland  11 Apr 2020

Nina Pop  28, stabbed in Sikeston, Missouri  3 May 2020

Helle Jae O’Regan   20, stabbed in San Antonio, Texas  6 May 2020

Jayne Thompson  33, shot in Orchard Mesa, Colorado  9 May 2020

Tony McDade  38, shot in Tallahassee, Florida. 27 May 2020

Selena Reves Hernandez   37, shot in Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois  31 May 2020

Name Unknown  16-20, died in Chicago, Illinois 6 Jun 2020

Riah Milton  25, shot in Liberty Township, Cincinnati, Ohio. 9 Jun 2020

Dominique “Remmie” Fells  27, stabbed and dismembered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 9 Jun 2020

Brian Powers (“Eagle”)  age unknown, shot in Akron, Ohio  13 Jun 2020

Brayla Stone  17, shot in Sherwood, Arkansas  25 Jun 2020

Tatiana Hall  22, murdered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  30 Jun 2020

Mercy Mack  22, shot in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas  30 Jun 2020

Draya McCarty  28, died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana  30 Jun 2020

Shaki Peters  32, shot in Amite City, Louisiana 1 Jul 2020

Bree Black  27, shot in Pompano Beach, Florida. 3 Jul 2020

Summer Taylor  24, run over in Seattle, Washington  4 Jul 2020

Angela Martinez Gomez  42, died of Covid-19 in Santa Monica, California. 6 Jul 2020

Marilyn Monroe Cazares  22,  stabbed and burned in Brawley, California  13 Jul 2020

Tiffany Harris (“Dior H Ova”)  32,  stabbed in The Bronx, New York  26 Jul 2020

Queasha Hardy  24,  shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana  27 Jul 2020

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears (“Rocky Rhone”)  32,  stabbed in Portland, Oregon. 28 Jul 2020

Janelle Ariana Briscoe  23,  suicide in Smiths, Alabama  7 Aug 2020

Kee Sam  24,  shot in Lafayette, Louisiana  13 Aug 2020

Shelley Lynn Rose  16,  suicide in location unknown, USA. 26 Aug 2020

Rukia Isis Bemer  22,  suicide in Lakewood, Ohio  30 Aug 2020

Lea Rayshon Dave  age unknown, died in custody in Cleveland, Ohio  30 Aug 2020

Elie Che  23, died by drowning in The Bronx, New York. 31 Aug 2020

Isabella Mia Lofton21,  cause unknown, in Brooklyn, New York  7 Sept 2020

Gia Valentina Romualdo Rodriquez  46,  died of cosmetic filler complications in Miami, Florida  15 Sep 2020

Aerrion Burnett  37,  shot in Independence, Missouri  19 sep 2020

Mia Green  29,  shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  28 Sep 2020

Please join us in an online remembrance and ceremony hosted by Rev. Selena Fox and transwoman Brianne Ravenwolf, November 20, 2020.

Until next time, sometime in the future!

About Brianne Raven Wolf
Brianne Raven Wolf has identified as a Pagan from a very young age. She is an active member of Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin. She volunteers her time there helping at most Full Moon Rituals, as well as some workshops, Circle events, and Sanctuary work days. At Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) 2017, she became the first Pagan Transwoman to have the Senioring Rite of Passage. She follows a Hekatean Witchcraft Spiritual Path. To relax, she likes to walk, camp, and hike as much as possible in very rural areas. Brianne is also an avid reader, especially young adult novels. You can read more about the author here.

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