Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resistance, and Resilience

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resistance, and Resilience

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

To our SFSU Community:


This November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resistance, and Resilience.

It commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the first Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) in 1999. {TDoR was founded by trans activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith after the brutal murder of Rita Hester, a Black trans woman, in Massachusetts in 1998. According to TDoR SF, “Despite increased visibility, trans people continue to be murdered in unprecedented numbers, and trans women of color are bearing the brunt of it.” [2019:]  }

On this day we honor all transgender people who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence, a large number of whom have been trans women of color.  We also honor trans activism, resilience and resistance.

November 13 – 19 is Transgender Awareness Week, when communities around the country raise the visibility of transgender people and issues.  In San Francisco, all of November is Trans Awareness Month, with City Hall lit up in pink, light blue and white, the colors of the trans flag. 

SFSU’s Sexuality Studies Programs and our allies will continue to advocate for trans rights and to support trans people’s lives.


To learn more, get involved, and/or find support, check out some of the many trans activist organizations, including: 


At SFSU: Queer and Trans Resource Center, M-109, Student union


In the SF Bay Area:  TGIJP (Transgender Gender-Varient & Intersex Justice Project); Transgender San Francisco; Transgender Law Center; APIENC (Asian Pacific Islander Equality, Northern CA); El-La Programa Para Translatinas; Bay Area American Indians Two-Spirits; Community United Against Violence; SF LGBT Center; GLBT History Museum; LYRIC;  Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center; Forward Together


Across the U.S.: National Center for Transgender Equality; Trans Women of Color Collective; Immigration Equality; The Sylvia Rivera Law Project; The Trevor Project; Asia Pacific Transgender Network

Image source: GLADD


Dr. Karen Hossfeld

Associate Professor and Interim Dept. Chair