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The Transgender Day of Remembrance

To quote the About page of The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) website:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-Transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-Transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as Transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against Transgender people.

The event is held annually on 20 November (and associated events may occur on that date or the closest weekend). Participation varies from location to location, depending on who is organising it locally. For a list of events for the current year, see Event Locations at The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website.


Courtesy Mikhaela B. Reid.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomic Project

Initialy, participating contributors drew and published a relevant webcomic or image for the day (or equivalent range of dates, depending on schedule) with links to the TDOR website. The main intent was neither a dramatic trope or neccesarily execellence in artwork (as the the contributions come from a wide mix of contributors, each with their own levels of expertise, Webcomics and situations). Instead, it was to educate the readership of each person's webcomic or blog about the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Starting 2011 the scope of the project was increased to include comics, art, photos, snapshots from inworld TDOR events, videos, and prose and poetry. So long as the works appear on the web and are used to incease awareness about TDOR or related issues. The webcomic part of the project's title has been retained for continuity.

 

The Webcomic Archive

It is a fact that webcomics are often a more transient medium than their paper equivalents. There are numerous reasons why a webcomic may no longer be available on the web: websites and authors dissapear; urls change and domains get deleted; the creator themselves might lose interest, move on, or just be unable to access or update their webcomic. Circumstances change, and with them sometimes the ability to view older works. Because this is the case, it makes sense to have an archiveof each year's entries to the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project. Already, webcomics such as From then on Forth are just not there anymore, and others like Happy but Deadhave finished their run and not updated either.

So this archive isn't the project itself - rather it's the record of the contributions that appeared on webcomics, blogs and sites for each year, from 2004-2015.

Virtual World TDOR Events

Not every town or city in the real world has a TDOR event that people can attend. Also some can't attend ehe TDOR events that are run for a variety of reasons, such as prior commitments, issues with transport and/or disability, and so on. It may seem odd, but Virtual worlds, MMOs and other online spaces are venues in which persons can create their own TDOR events, and others can attend.

In 2007, 21 comics participated, and their comics were also featured in Second Life's first Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil. In 2008 14 comics participated, and their comics were also featured in a second Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.

If you know of or are running such a virtual event, you should both publicise it within your virtual world, and also send a notice of it to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance site, so that others will know about it.