"For generations, transgender people have suffered various forms of abuse (and even death) for challenging the views, notions, and stereotypes around “male” and “female” identity. Every year we set aside November 20 as a Transgender Day of Remembrance. This holiday is meant to honor, commemorate, and memorialize those who face discrimination and stigma (often on a daily basis) across the nation. This holiday is also meant to advocate for transgender people's rights as well as focus on the persistent struggles they face in their everyday lives, and how others can share their love, support, and hope.
Minneapolis became the first U.S. city to pass a law prohibiting the discrimination of transgender people. Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in order to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman. In 2010 the day was observed in more than 185 cities across more than 20 countries."